Appo., Colonial school referenda today

By Tom Lehman 5:51pm, February 27, 2013 - Updated 12:48pm, February 28, 2013
Residents in the Appoquinimink and Colonial School Districts are voting on proposed tax hikes today.

Appoquinimink is asking for a tax increase to help restore operating funds.

The referendum also includes an option to add middle school sports.

District Superintendent Matthew Burrows says the district is seeking a step increase on taxes through 2016.

"For the average homeowner, if the approve both parts, the first year it will be an additional $19.05 cents a month. By the end of the referendum it would be an additional 27.07 a month," Burrows says.

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He says approving a tax increase will help restore operating funds after years of budget cuts and improve maintenance, transportation and class sizes.

"Some of the cuts we had to make last year with our $2 million in cuts have made class sizes larger than normal, in particular in like 4th or 5th grade and some of our high school classes," he says.

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The tax increase would hike taxes by 24 cents per $100.00 of assessed home value in 2013. That would total would rise to about 35 cents in total in 2016.

The second part of the referendum would cost district residents $2.13 per $100 assessed home value.

Polls will be open from 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning until 8:00 p.m. The district says any U.S. citizen living in the school district, who is 18 years or older and brings either a driver's license or state identification card can vote in the election.

You see a breakdown and list of polling places for the referendum on the Appoqunimink School District's website.

The Colonial School District is also holding a referendum today. For more details, click here.

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