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Worcester County Takes Steps to Set Fees for Rental Licenses

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SNOW HILL, Md.- Worcester County is a few steps away from setting the fees for its recently approved rental license. 
 
Earlier this year the county passed a series of legislation that set a new rental license for unincorporated areas. Now, county commissioners need to approve the proposed fees, but some think some of the proposed fees are too high.
 
"The short-term rental proposed fee is excessively high," says Sarah Rayne, a spokesperson for the Coastal Association of Realtors.  
 
The county proposed a $400 annual short term rental license fee.  That amount doubles what other towns and counties on Delmarva have, according to Rayne. 
 
"In comparison, Salisbury's is about $120, and generally you would see an annual cost of about $150 so, as you can see this is excessive," she says.  
 
Property owners who rent their homes or condos for fewer than 28 days would fall under the short term rental category and will be required to have a license starting in January 2020
 
"The cost is going to be passed along to the custumer for sure," says Reyne. 
 
However, the county says the fees are fair and correspond to the amount of work issuing the licenses would create for the county. 
 
"What we tried to do was take a look at what we thought was going to be the workload related to the issuing and the followup of all those different categories," explains Ed Tutor, director of development review and permitting for Worcester County.  
 
Tutor believes that, for most of the rentals, it won't represent a burden. 
 
"We didn't think it was excessive in terms of the fact that often times the properties that are rent for that can make that fee up in a night or two,"  he says. 
 
According to the proposal the county is expecting to issue from 400 to 600 short-term rental licenses per year that would generate from $160,000 to $240,000 for the county.  
 
Commissioners are expected to hear about the proposed fee schedule in the following weeks. 
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