Case closed: Delaware State troopers don’t have to pay city wage tax when on patrol in Wilmington

Mayor James Baker says that any Delaware Trooper working in Wilmington assisting in crime protection does not have to pay city wage tax.

The issue had been brought up by Councilman Kevin Kelly, Sr. who questioned why tax revenue wouldn’t be collected when the city was paying the salary for the extra troopers.

The Mayor’s Chief of Staff Bill Montgomery put out word of the exemption late Thursday afternoon saying the issue had actually been resolved in 1997.  “It is unfortunate that we did not discover this information earlier, but nonetheless, City Code exempts public safety officers, other than City police officers, who are on limited, official public safety assignments in Wilmington from paying the City wage tax,” said Montgomery.

The law was an amendment passed by city council and introduced by Baker when he was City Council President.

  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal