Seaford voters will decide school district referendum

By Lynn R. Parks

Taxpayers in the Seaford School District will go to the polls Tuesday in a referendum on a proposed tax increase. If they give the OK to the tax increase, they will pay an additional 5.88 cents per $100 of assessed property value. For the average homeowner in the district, that would mean an additional $10 a year. Property owners pay school taxes based on county assessments. Average property assessment in the district is about $16,000. The additional revenue would help pay for new roofs for Central Elementary, Seaford Middle and West Seaford Elementary schools, as well as a new roof for the gym at the Seaford Middle School. It would also pay to replace elevators in Seaford Middle School and Seaford High School. The state would pay 73 percent of the cost of the roof replacement and elevator projects. Approval of the referendum will also give the OK for construction of a wing on Central Elementary School to accommodate the district's elementary students who are orthopedically handicapped. Those students Continued to page four

By Lynn R. Parks

Taxpayers in the Seaford School District will go to the polls Tuesday in a referendum on a proposed tax increase. If they give the OK to the tax increase, they will pay an additional 5.88 cents per $100 of assessed property value. For the average homeowner in the district, that would mean an additional $10 a year. Property owners pay school taxes based on county assessments. Average property assessment in the district is about $16,000.

The additional revenue would help pay for new roofs for Central Elementary, Seaford Middle and West Seaford Elementary schools, as well as a new roof for the gym at the Seaford Middle School. It would also pay to replace elevators in Seaford Middle School and Seaford High School. The state would pay 73 percent of the cost of the roof replacement and elevator projects. Approval of the referendum will also give the OK for construction of a wing on Central Elementary School to accommodate the district's elementary students who are orthopedically handicapped. Those students currently meet in four classrooms in Frederick Douglass Elementary School. The state would pay 100 percent of the cost of that construction. Total project cost would be about $6.6 million. Of that, the district would pay $1.172 million and the state the balance. Donna Blackburn, director of administrative services, finance and payroll, said that if the referendum is approved, the state portion of the costs will have to be approved as part of the 2010-2011 bond bill. "We have every indication, due to the nature of the referendum, that [the money] would be provided," she added. Bonds for the project would be paid off over 20 years. Tax rates would decline during the life of the bonds.

For your information: A Seaford School District tax referendum will be Tuesday, April 13. Voting will take place in the district office, 390 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters must live in the district, be 18 or older and be citizens of the United States and the state of Delaware. For additional information, visit the district's Web site, www.seaford.k12.de.us

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