September 16, 2021
Delaware State Police Troop 4 to host a Community Cafe on Monday (September 20th)
Delaware State Police Troop 4 will be holding a Community Café on Monday (September 20th).
The event will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Evans Park at Millville, located at 32517 Dukes Drive, Millville, DE 19967.
Troop 4 Administration, as well as the Community Outreach Officer, will be in attendance to meet and interact with members of the public.
This Community Cafe is often referred to as “Coffee with a Cop” in other police agencies and is being held in an effort to build a stronger relationship between the Delaware State Police and the communities that they proudly serve.
News from Sussex County: Sussex County announces community meetings as reassessment process begins
Georgetown, Del.: Sussex County this month will host a series of community meetings to provide the public an overview of the County’s forthcoming effort to reassess more than 180,000 commercial and residential properties in southern Delaware.
Five meetings and one virtual session have been scheduled to give the public an opportunity to better understand how the complex process known as reassessment works. The reassessment process, which will begin in October as assessors for the County’s contracted vendor, Tyler Technologies, hit the streets, is the first ever general reassessment for the County and is scheduled for completion by 2024.
The reassessment process follows a years-long legal fight over real estate valuations used by Delaware’s counties to calculate annual property tax bills, with revenue collected for local government services and public education. Sussex County joined the State, as well as Kent and New Castle counties, in settling a lawsuit earlier this year. As part of that settlement, the counties agreed to conduct a general reassessment of all properties within their jurisdictions.
The public meetings scheduled for the reassessment process include:
  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Milton Fire Department, 116 Front St., Milton;
  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Delaware Technical Community College-Owen Campus, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown;
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Delaware National Guard-Bethany Beach Training Site, 163 Scannell Boulevard, Bethany Beach;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro;
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, 302 King St., Seaford.
All meetings are open to the public; masks and social distancing are required by some venues, so the public should prepare in advance to observe COVID-19 measures. County officials will be on hand, and representatives from Tyler Technologies will make a presentation at each meeting to explain the various components of a general reassessment.
In addition to the in-person sessions, one virtual session featuring the same presentation will be conducted, as well. That meeting will be held:
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m., available on any computer or mobile device at
As part of the Sussex County project, all properties will be evaluated and re-calculated based on current industry-accepted methodologies to produce new assessments that will reflect their true value in money, a requirement under Delaware law.
Assessments, combined with a governing jurisdiction’s property tax rate, are part of the formula used to determine individual tax bills that property owners receive each year. Bills include taxes for both County and local independent school districts. Delaware law requires Sussex County to bill property owners for school taxes on behalf of the local districts, with those funds then turned over to the State. Approximately 10 percent of the typical residential tax bill in Sussex County is for County property taxes; the remaining 90 percent is for local schools.
County officials will provide additional updates as the reassessment process unfolds in the months ahead. For more information on the process, including a helpful Q&A section, visit
A Constitution Day Celebration is set for TOMORROW (September 17th) in Georgetown
The Daughters of the American Revolution is urging Americans to reflect on the U.S. Constitution during this month’s annual observance honoring this foundational document.
“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren.
The DAR initiated the observance in 1955 when the organization petitioned Congress to dedicate a week to: encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution.
Locally, the DAR is staging an event TOMORROW (September 17th) on The Circle in Georgetown (see picture.)
News from DelDOT: DMV announces the Toll Amnesty Program
The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is offering a three-month amnesty program for toll violators to resolve their toll debt for a fraction of the cost.
Senate Joint Resolution 5, passed by the Delaware General Assembly, established the toll amnesty program for eligible toll violations on Route 1 and I-95. Anyone with outstanding toll violations incurred on Route 1 or I-95 between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2020 is eligible to participate in the toll amnesty program. From October 1 through December 31, 2021, civil penalties will be waived for outstanding toll violations if tolls due plus an amnesty fee are paid.
Starting October 1, letters will be mailed to the registered owners of approximately 640,000 vehicles with unpaid toll violations and civil penalties to notify them of the waiver period. Those with outstanding violations are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this unique amnesty program, which will only be offered for a limited time.
To participate in this program or for more information, visit for Frequently Asked Questions, online payment portal access, support resources, and more.
Friendly reminder about the Delaware rules of the road as they relate to school buses
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