Millville council adopts two tax breaks for annexation

Date Published: 
Oct. 20, 2017

In encouraging a developer to come to town, the Millville Town Council had promised to discount property taxes for the first year, plus transfer taxes for the home sales.

They made it official on Oct. 10 with two tax breaks for annexations.

“If you’re looking for people to annex into town, this is certainly one way to do it,” said Town Solicitor Seth Thompson.

Ordinance 18-02 gives a one-year tax break for any parcel of property annexing into town limits.

Ordinance 18-03 cuts realty transfer tax in half for annexed properties. Typically, Millville’s RTT is 1.5 percent, but newly annexed land will only have to pay a rate of 0.75 percent for the first sale. Ordinance 18-03 retroactively applies to any land annexed into town from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2019. The deadline to sell the land with discounted tax is Jan. 1, 2019.

The cuts will most immediately benefit the proposed 92-unit housing development of Peregrine Bay, located on Windmill Drive and Dukes Drive, owned by Howard Robert Hickman Revocable Trust.

The Town’s enticement package encouraged the 31-acre annexation in September.

“We put an incentive package together to get them to build here instead of building in the county,” a decision that occurred in executive session, said Town Manager Debbie Botchie.

A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. for the Planning & Zoning Committee to consider a preliminary subdivision site plan submitted by Morris & Ritchie Associates LLC, on behalf of James Schiff, for Peregrine Bay.

The site plan can be viewed at town hall during regular business hours.

Also at its October meeting, the Millville Town Council approved a traffic calming plan at Sand Dollar Village, within Millville By the Sea. The condition is holding up approvals for Section 1 of Sea Star Village.

Frawn Morgan said LDC Advisors hired a company to poll all MBS residents, the majority of whom did not support speed humps.

“However, it’s my understanding that the residents … on the street where we’re proposing them do want speed humps, so we will defer to the Town,” she said.

The council approved more stop signs at several intersections, plus four new speed humps.

Council Members Susan Brewer and Steve Maneri recused themselves from the 3-0-2 vote.

Some residents questioned whether the devices meet Department of Transportation standards. Although the Town is responsible for mandating traffic flow, the council ultimately chose not to dig into the details on the precise placement of each sign, instead approving the general locations at each intersection.

The Millville Town Council’s next workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.