Rehoboth Beach passes 3% lodging tax

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Soon, people staying in hotels, motels or tourist homes in Rehoboth Beach will have to pay a little bit more money. That’s because the city just passed a 3% increase in their lodging tax.

Mayor Paul Kuhns said, “At this point, it will go into the General Fund and be used for a variety of different things around town, whether its the cleanup of the boardwalk, or the refreshment of the bathrooms, police, paving the roads.”

Before, the City of Rehoboth Beach did not directly benefit from their 8% lodging tax.

Mayor Kuhns said, “None of that money went directly to the City of Rehoboth Beach. A portion of that goes to beach replenishment, a portion of that goes to our Chamber of Commerce.”

Now, with the additional 3% in taxes, the city will be able to flourish.

Mayor Kuhns said, “This is just another way to spread the expense of the services that the city provides to others that come across the bridge and utilize the services of the city.”

Although some aren’t happy about having to pay more, others say they don’t mind if it means they get to reap the benefits.

Anne Deweese, a Rehoboth Beach visitor said, “That’s the whole point of vacation to me! There’s nothing worse than when you go to a spot and it feels trashy and un-kept and you don’t want your children to be able to spread out and walk because there’s trash all along everything you know?”

The new lodging tax will go into effect in January of 2020.

The city estimates this tax increase will generate upwards of $110,000 in the Fiscal Year 2020, which ends March 31st.

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