Seaford Contemplates Potential Lodging Tax
Posted: Jan 9, 2019 10:01 PM
By Madeleine Overturf
SEAFORD, Del.- Seaford is considering upping its tax on hotels and motels.
During Monday night's meeting, the city council unanimously passed a proposed charter change that would pave the way for the city to create a lodging tax of no more than three percent on hotels and motels.
Seaford's city manager says the move would add revenue without placing the burden on locals.
"There's a demand for a lot of services and the things that we do and we are trying to keep our tax rate as low as possible," City Manager Charles Anderson tells WRDE. "We are trying to grow jobs so however we can be creative with revenues and work that, we are going to try to do that."
It's important to note that just because the city has approved the charter change, it does not mean the city will automatically create a lodging tax. The city would still need to set the rate and decide what exactly it would apply to.
"Currently it is stated only hotels/motels but there would be an ordinance that would be created that would define what a unit is, what the tax would apply to in the future," Anderson explains. "So it could apply to Airbnbs and things of that nature."
Anderson says if the city decides to move forward, any lodging tax creation would be several months away.