Bill would give schools leeway in raising taxes By Jen Rini Delaware State News Updated May 24, 2014
House Bill 355 would change the provision in Delaware Code that requires a school district to hold a successful public referendum before its board may approve tax increases to fund non-construction budget expenses.
The bill would allow a school board to raise property taxes up to 3 percent per year without consent of the voters in order to pay for expenses involved with the everyday operation of a school like teacher salaries, textbooks and supplies.
“It’s a politically charged issue,” said bill sponsor, Dover Rep. Darryl Scott, chairman of the House Education Committee.
He plans to introduce the measure next week, but he’s not sure of its legislative traction.
“I’m hopeful to have a productive conversation in committee,” he said.
The only conversation should take place is for Rep Scott to…
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