GEORGETOWN — 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 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, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Milton Fire Department, 116 Front St.;
• Thursday, Sept. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Delaware Technical Community College-Owens Campus, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown;
• Monday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Delaware National Guard-Bethany Beach Training Site, 163 Scannell Blvd.;
• Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway;
• Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, 302 King St.
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, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., available on any computer or mobile device here.
For more information on the process, including a Q&A section, visit here.