Who thought that it was a good idea to try to enforce the collection of this tax on 3,700 retailers instead of less than 100 distributors? It is as if they wanted this thing to fail. It also could be that it was not at all thought through. It seems that out of the 3,700 retailers they believe sell bottled beverages, only 1,000 have sent anything in. Now they are hiring someone to go visit some of the 2,700 recalcitrant retailers; might take a while to check them all. Perhaps the idea was to provide more state jobs for unskilled relatives and contributors to legislators.
The new Delaware 4 cent per bottle sales tax is yielding 40% less than someone (we don’t know who) projected.
Recycling council Chairman B.J. Vinton said he was confident that receipts would increase, but also said that state officials have never provided the council with details about the individuals who produced the original revenue estimates.
As I remember the old refundable deposit program, the deposits were efficiently collected by the distributors. Of course, the problem was that they got to keep the unclaimed deposits to pay for dealing with the sticky, infested returns. That meant that the legislature did not get their greedy little hands on that cash to spend. We can’t have that!
Anyone able to think of how to fix this? How about collecting it at the same stage of the process that the deposits were? Enforcement on 100 vs. 3,700…..