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?