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Mayor Purzycki Expresses Disappointment on Behalf of All Taxpayers and Local School Districts with the County’s Response to the City’s Call for a Property Tax Reassessment

Post Date:01/22/2019 6:00 PM

County and City properties have not been reassessed by the County since 1983; Mayor says the current County assessment process is unconstitutional, unlawful and harmful to City property owners

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said late today that he is disappointed with the New Castle County government’s response to his call for a complete, countywide property tax reassessment. The City of Wilmington has asked a Chancery Court judge to allow the City to join a lawsuit that could force the County government to conduct the first property tax reassessment in nearly 40 years.

NCC Executive Matt Meyer said late today that the City should conduct its own reassessment. In response, the Mayor said, “No one can defend thirty-six years without ensuring fundamental tax fairness.  The county executive fails to note that county taxes and school taxes are required by law to use county assessments.  A city reassessment, therefore, would apply only to city taxes, leaving city residents unfairly assessed on both their county property and school taxes, negatively affecting each of the school districts serving Wilmington’s children. Since it is only a matter of time before a court orders the county to reassess, telling the city that it should conduct its own would result in two separate reassessment exercises for which taxpayers should be rightly furious.”

The Mayor said the county is ignoring the self-admitted unfairness in its property assessments to all county residents, including those within the City, and especially to the local school systems. He said the Delaware General Assembly long ago established a public policy that gives municipalities the statutory right to utilize the county’s assessment list. The Mayor added that Wilmington should have every right to do this.

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