News Journal Jimmy Olsen failed to mention Delaware votech schools aka public are funded without referendums

Delaware’s system of school tax votes debated Matthew Albright, The News Journal

“I’m one of the people who thinks they should be tightening their belts some,” said Sen. Karen Peterson, the lawmaker who led a challenge to the recent Red Clay referendum. “I think it’s important that these districts be under some level of scrutiny to make sure they’re being as efficient with taxpayer money as possible.”

That would require school employees to pay more for their healthcare, end the step-pay process and end EPER programs.

In 2013, then-Rep. Darryl Scott proposed allowing districts to increase their property tax rates by 3 percent each year without a vote. He argued the current system requires districts to ask for more than they need right now to build up reserves so they can go for longer periods between votes. He said his bill would let districts more gradually increase taxes when they needed them.

The bill was introduced late in the session and did not make it out of committee.

So if this were the law Red Clay taxes would have increased 21% since 2008 (3% a year X 7). So if you were paying $1000.00 in local school taxes in 2008 you’d be paying $1210.00 today, $210.00 more.  Didn’t Scott call it quits as a state legislator?  

Jimmy Olsen neglected to point-out, Delaware votech schools the other public schools are funded without referendums and failed to ask any state legislator if they would favor the same approach for all public school even charters?  


7 responses to “News Journal Jimmy Olsen failed to mention Delaware votech schools aka public are funded without referendums

  1. I don’t always agree with Karen but I do agree with her points but I think it should go further. As I stated previously:

    Arthur on April 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    A). All sports should be cut unless they are self sustaining.

    B). Any after school clubs that require EPER should also be eliminated unless they are self sustaining

    C). All non used buildings, grounds, etc should be sold and funds put into a rainy day fund and not touched unless absolutely necessary.

    D). All employees making $100k or more should pay 50% of the medical premiums




    • Not a good idea

      A/B. Getting an education is about so much more than academics. Students should have the option to play sports and the option to join clubs. Students must be able to find a place within a school that allows them to be part of a community. Those activities are what allows students to do that.

      C. This has some more merit to it.

      D. I don’t have enough information to back this up, but I have trouble with the notion that an employee should be punished for an increase in salary. One of the “perks” of government employment is better benefits. It seems unreasonable to remove that.


    • Publius e decere

      A/B: “Self-sustaining” apparently means those who have can pay. OK. But I’ve been the fixer for many athletics where I convinced families-of-means to pay in so that families-without-means could participate. All in the background, quiet and respectful. So that all STUDENTS participate equally while all PARENTS pay-in differentially. If a team can’t generate this level of “community” buy-in then it may not have the community buy-in necessary to exist.

      C; Yes, absolutely. “UN-used” applies to CSD and its White-Elephant industrial building in Glasgow. But it also aplies to “UNDER-used” facilities which means about half of all secondary school buildings in New Castle County. High school buildings like Glasgow, Christina, McKean and Dickison are half-full. CONSOLIDATE! Ane let the surplus space be available for charters.

      D. Wrong approach as proposed Bottom line is that the defined-benefit pension system will bankrupt the system. Which is why ALL accountable private corporations have ended these programs in favor of defined-contribution prpgrams which are portable and which generate no legacy costs onto the system. ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES shoudl be immediately converted to defined-contribution systems for pension. It is a win-win for everyone.



    • lastDEconservative

      Ped opines, “I have trouble with the notion that an employee should be punished for an increase in salary.”

      last agrees, in general and in principle. But comparing the average state dues payer to the worker market as a whole is like comparing a pomegranate to a bicycle.

      In the real world, salary increases follow (generally, sometimes lead) increases in capability, efficiency and such which manifest as *wait for it* better results. In the artificial world of government schooling (not education), well, it ain’t like THAT, is it?

      Arthur’s premise as far as the specifics go, is debatable, but on principle, he’s right on, and the principle should apply to every last one of the Republic’s employees, as adjudged by We the Users of the systems they populate.

      As to Ped’s later comments as to defined contribution v. defined benefit, etc., yeah, all that. As I’ve said earlier, “wanna learn how to approach a cobra?” Watch your state rep or senator closely after you ask him how much of the budget all the state bench sitters consume, and how that cost is growing in relation to, well, about anything else. It outpaces the growth of Uber and airbnb combined, I believe.


  2. It would actually come out to $1,230 at the end of 7 years, but what’s another $20 right!


  3. john kowalko

    Two of the House members voted against raising the ceiling allowing New Castle Vo-Techs to unilaterally raise taxes without any “public taxpayer” approval.
    John Kowalko