Delaware state legislators scramble to help save Red Clay and Christina’s referendums after Gov Markell’s backstabbing of senior citizen re: school tax credits

DE JFC passes motion 9-3 rejects Gov plan to cut Senior tax credit & cites JFC support for referendums in

Governor Markell’s call to cut senior citizen school tax discounts has caused a major ripple throughout the senior citizen community who are calling for a big NO turnout re: school tax referendums. Senior citizens I talked to are very skeptical of those legislators urging Governor Markell to drop his plans. They feel once the referendum is passed Markell loyalist in the House and Senate will come through for him with a YES vote on his plans to cut tax credits. As for as the GOP ? What a  joke, they have no power as the minority!

Again, I feel Markell’s call to cut school tax credits to seniors is nothing more than paybacks to Red Clay and Christina school districts who railroaded his Priority School agenda. Markell tactics is like the Iraqis burn and trash retreat out of Kuwait.       


8 responses to “Delaware state legislators scramble to help save Red Clay and Christina’s referendums after Gov Markell’s backstabbing of senior citizen re: school tax credits

  1. Over the last 10 years plus up coming referenda how much have seniors taxes gone up?


    • kilroysdelaware

      “Homeowners age 65 or over are eligible for a tax credit against regular school property taxes of 50 percent (up to $500). This credit may only be used against property taxes on a primary residence.”

      How many people do you know with school tax assessment below $500.00 a year? So for many their taxes do go up with each referendum. And does the credit apply to votech school taxes ? Notice it states “regular school property taxes”! Doesn’t apply to votech !

      I think at best the we should start to draw in down based on income. Say $50,000.00 are over none! I wonder how many retired teachers take the credit 🙂


    • lastDEconservative

      ” … we should start to draw in [sic] down based on income.”

      C’mon, Kilroy, can’t you be more creative than that? Punishing income above some socialist/progressive defined (and variable on a whim) level is so 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s,1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.


    • Publius e decere

      Kilroy: I know plenty of people who have a bill above $500, $500 means roughly $40,000 in assessed value today.

      Let’s play the game for a moment — let’s say a senior has net tax liability (after the $500 credit of $1. Then along comes a 20- 30- or 40-cent increase, that (versus a $1 in net liability) means an increase in taxes of $80, or $160, or $240, which respectivey represents percentage increases of 8,000%, or 12,000% or $24,000% above the $1 base.

      A person facing a 8,000% tax increase is not going to be a happy camper. Do the math. You are the blogger with the 1776 revolutionary awe … what do YOU think the populace should do?

      Just tea-ing this up for you —



    • Publius e decere

      Hint: find the Common Core solution to the fault in this example.


  2. In the last 16 years how many referenda have been passed? How many “cups of coffee a day” have seniors drank? The subsidy has gone well beyond.


    • A real crisis here! Red Clay citizens are being asked for a 25% tax increase, to further fund a failed educational system.

      Two vastly different socio-economic pools are being reduced to the lowest levels and only the AP students escape it.

      Wilmington needs its own district directly under State/Federal control.
      Low performing students shouldn’t be shunted along as College Prep, but instead, inspired to receive technical training at an evolved Vo-tech school.

      Cell phones with their “gangsta” messages, should be checked in at the door for re-charging. That would allow education to prevail.


    • I agree. Not only more vo-tech, but guide students towards it. I know quite a few ‘at risk’ teenagers (for lack of a more appropriate politically correct term) The ones in vo-tech vs the ones in traditional schools seem to have different views of their futures. Which group do you think has at least a vision and plan for their own future?