Update June 20, 2008 per today’s News Journal
“In addition, the panel included $2.2 million to begin full-time kindergarten in the Red Clay School District. Brandywine and Lake Forest already are included in the proposed budget.”
Red Clay Referendum Feburay 2008
ADDITIONAL TAXES FOR SCHOOLS:
This item asks for your approval to raise an additional 15 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2008, 5 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2009, and 5 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July
1, 2010, for a maximum increase of 25 cents over three years.
Income from the levy will be used for current operating expenses to support educational programs in the district, including the following:
- Restoring school instructional budgets
- Updating technology
- Implementing district-wide full day kindergarten
- Reinstating after school activities and middle school athletics
- Purchasing new textbooks and library books
- Operating cost increases (e.g., salaries, benefits, transportation)
- Increasing security for schools and buses
- Re-establishing required year-end balance
STATE OF DELAWARE
As Adopted in Convention, June 4th, 1897,
with Amendments Made Subsequently thereto
through August 1995.
§6. Property Tax; use Limitations.
Section 6. No property tax receipts received by a public school district as a result of a property tax levied for a particular purpose shall be used for any other purpose except upon the favorable vote of a majority of the eligible voters in the district voting on the question. (Section 6 added l980).
144th General AssemblyHouse Bill # 397 w/HA 1
Primary Sponsor: Miro
Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Sokola
CoSponsors: Reps. Hudson, Maier, Manolakos
Introduced on : 05/01/2008
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LOCAL SCHOOL TAXES.Synopsis:This Bill prohibits local school districts from collecting the local share of funds for all-day kindergarten until such time as the State share for all-day kindergarten has been appropriated.Current Status:House Passed On 06/18/2008 02:34:14 PM
AMEND House Bill No. 397 on line 5 by inserting after “appropriated” the following: “or the district has sufficient funding separate from the State, including private funding”.
Ladies and gentleman of Red Clay! The Delaware State Constitution forbids taxes raised by levy aka local referendum in this case to be used other than particular purpose.
Per the Ballot associated with Red Clay’s successful February 2008 Referendum the district was asking the community for monies to implement district-wide full day kindergarten. The ballot did not state local portion of full day kindergarten. No this was no Red Clay agenda to build a loophole to full fund full day kindergarten on the backs of the local taxpayers. No one knew in February or when the referendum was plan that there would be issue with state funding.
Though House Bill 397 indicates. “This Bill prohibits local school districts from collecting the local share of funds for all-day kindergarten until such time as the State share for all-day kindergarten has been appropriated,” real doesn’t mean that as the amendment to HB 397 permits the school district to full fund full day kindergarten.
As far as Red Clay, the states legislators are saying if you want full day kindergarten bend over! This is a lame piece of legislation for the legislators to try to weasel their way out of their obligation and responsibility to our school children. It’s call another unfunded state mandate. They put Red Clay and other district in a corner to figure out how “they” are going to meet the need of full day kindergarten.
If state legislators fail to deliver funding as promised for state share and Red Clay can mustard covering the cost and delivering all that was promised then go for it, I support you. However, it is rolling the dice on local funding in a very unstable economy that could lead to a call for another referendum sooner then later.
To the community and parents “please” pickup your phones and call your local legislators and rip them a new ass! The legislators need to delivery their end of the bargain and provide the state share. There is a time to bitch at Red Clay but this is not that time. It’s time to bitch and bitch very loudly at your local legislators for their inexcusable method of pass laws without identified funding.
I don’t she how Red Clay can pull it off with this tight economy and state budget cuts as it is.
Stand up and fight now or don’t come back after no full day kindergarten and cry the blues. You have the power so use it.