2nd Woodbridge tax hike referendum today

BRIDGEVILLE – Today, voters in the Woodbridge School District go to the polls for a second time in 11 weeks to decide the fate of a current expense tax hike referendum that would generate nearly $1 million in additional operating costs for the district’s four schools.

Polls for the referendum are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting locations are Woodbridge Middle School in Bridgeville and Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center in Greenwood.
Voters on March 12, by a 754-641 margin, rejected the current expense request for an additional $950,000 in current expense funding. The funding was earmarked to cover increased operating costs including transportation; additional utility costs incurred in going from three to four school buildings; security enhancements of district schools; increase in salary expense due to a growth in enrollment; and the need to continue to be competitive in hiring and retaining teachers.

For property owners in Sussex County, the average tax annual increase would be slightly under $70 annually. For district residents in Kent County, the increase would be about $84.

In seeking support, Woodbridge School District Superintendent Heath Chasanov has claimed additional operational funding is needed desperately, noting that since 2014, Woodbridge has had four schools with the opening of the new Woodbridge High School.

This past year, the Woodbridge district dipped into its reserves for about $400,000 to cover operational costs. Mr. Chasanov said.

The district did not include a current expense increase request in the 2011 referendum — a major capital improvement referendum that was approved, paving the way for the new Woodbridge High School, which opened in August 2014.

U.S. citizens 18 years of age or over who reside within the Woodbridge School District at the time of the election are eligible to vote; proof of identity and residence are required.

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