Our state legislators did pass legislation giving school districts added power to collect delinquent school taxes and I think the county the party that collects school taxes kick in and deny or suspend any permit request until taxes are paid!
I am waiting for a response from Red Clay where I am seeking board policy in response to HB 85.
Rep. D. Short & Rep. Baumbach & Rep. Viola & Sen. Pettyjohn;
Reps. Hudson, Briggs King, Dukes, Gray, Hensley, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick, Schwartzkopf, Osienski, K. Williams; Sens. Peterson, Richardson, Simpson
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 85
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE TAXES.
WHEREAS, currently millions of dollars of property taxes are owed to school districts and local governments; andWHEREAS, current law specifically prohibits school taxes from being collected by tax intercept; and
WHEREAS, such taxes are difficult to collect; and
WHEREAS, tax intercept programs have been successful in collecting child support and other obligations owed the State and will help collections for education and other taxes; and
WHEREAS, the five year school tax arrears for all three counties totaling $32,366,986.44 are as follows:
New Castle County Appoquinimink $1,887,436.12
Red Clay $4,356,238.61
Smyrna $ 173,278.24
VoTech (Polytech) $ 19,607.10
VoTech (New Castle) $1,682,942.79 Total for NCC $20,147,740.59
Kent County Caesar Rodney $ 726,348.29
Lake Forest $ 685,631.99
Milford $ 221,652.72
Polytech $ 417,886.15
Smyrna $ 666,805.06
Woodbridge $ 48,445.77 Total for Kent $4,720,440.60
Sussex County Cape Henlopen $1,385,644.76
Delmar $ 306,423.90
Indian River $2,437,659.84
Laurel $ 728,236.64
Milford $ 452,149.21
Seaford $ 837,276.17
Sussex Tech $ 638,004.32
Woodbridge $ 713,410.41 Total for Sussex $7,498,805.25.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend § 545(b)(1), Title 30 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
(b) Definitions. — For purposes of this section:
(1) “Claimant agency” means:
Any department or agency of the State, including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College, but not school districts of this state, with respect to any debt owed to it and any political subdivision or school district of this State, with respect to property taxes owed to it; and
This bill allows school taxes and property taxes to be collected by tax intercept.