Sussex County to suspend hotel tax, provide rental assistance funds in wake of COVID-19
Georgetown, Del., April 7, 2020: Sussex County is administering a dose of financial medicine to help ease the economic pain many are feeling amid the coronavirus crisis.
County Council, during a teleconference of its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, approved various measures as part of the County’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The teleconference was permitted by Delaware Gov. John C. Carney’s March 13 state of emergency that allows public bodies to meet virtually to limit in-person contact.
Steps the County is taking to ease financial hardships during the economic emergency include:
- Suspending the 3 percent accommodations tax adopted in November 2019 and implemented Jan. 1. The surcharge is for the rent of any room or rooms in a hotel, motel, or tourist home in unincorporated portions of the county, with revenue collected earmarked for projects and programs, such as beach nourishment, waterway dredging, economic development, and water quality/flood control;
- Contributing up to $250,000 in County funds to the Delaware State Housing Authority’s Housing Assistance Program, with that money earmarked for renters in Sussex County.
- Deferring until further notice the collection of lease payments for tenants of the Delaware Coastal Airport and Delaware Coastal Business Park.