The Christina School District will again ask voters to increase property taxes to fund growing costs, but this time is asking for an increase about half the size of a previous request that voters resoundingly rejected.
The district also will reduce its spending by $1.8 million. It’s going to be a tough one folks! Markell already sabotage Christina School District calling for merging parts of Christina with Red Clay. Many of us know that merger is at best three years away. But others are dreaming if the think it is going to happen sooner. With Markell’s efforts to undermined Christina who didn’t plan hardball with his Priority School Plans it’s doubtful Christina will be successful. HOWEVER, parent needs to listen up! Without this referendum deep cuts will be a reality. Those Christina parents living outside Wilmington need to step-up like Red Clay’s parents and community did.
On Feb. 24, voters crushed two larger tax proposals by a margin of almost three to one. District officials said the smaller of those two proposals would have covered the districts’ growing costs for student enrollment and things like transportation and utilities
There goes the News Journal again pushing Markell’s blade in deeper! “voters crushed”. As far as transportation cost going up, the fact is the state aka Markell cut transportation funding to our public schools! Yep and the growing student enrollment does have a financial impact.
Because voters rejected that proposal, the district has to make cuts along with a more modest increase, school board president Fred Polaski said.
“What we’re asking for is the bare minimum we need to maintain the quality of education we provide to our students,”
Polaski said. I hear you Fred and support you but Publius is poised to strike at your statement.
Many school leaders say this is especially problematic for districts because Delaware hasn’t had a property tax re-assessment since the 1980s.
And we won’t see it anytime soon with a major election coming 2016 and with call for merging schools district. Rasing property taxes as privateers are clawing at public school funding isn’t a good idea. Also, there is pressures on the district to back-fill The Smarter Balanced Assessment and Markell’s Common Core Standards with local funding. I do urge the Christina community to vote yes for this referendum.