Allowing Delaware School Boards to Raise Taxes With Referendum

May 23, 2014

State Representative Daryl Scott (D-Dover)

There’s legislation in the Delaware General Assembly that could allow school boards to raise taxes incrementally without first going to the voters.

The House Education Committee Chair Darryl Scott plans to introduce the measure next week.

Scott told the Wilmington News Journal that he believes this would give the school boards a need tool to manage the district’s money.

The legislation would still force school boards to go to the voters for any tax increase over 3% and for capital projects such as a new school.

A number of school districts have struggled with voters in a series of referendums who have often turned them down.

House Minority Leader Daniel Short told the paper those recent rejections should make lawmakers and school boards hesitate before going forward with the legislation.