A referendum to raise taxes in the Woodbridge School District is happening today March 12, 2019. Residents 18 or over can vote for or against additional taxes to fund current operating expenses in the amount of $950,000.
Polls are open 7am to 8p at Woodbridge Middle School 307 Laws Street Bridgeville, DE 19933 and Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center 400 Governors Avenue Greenwood, DE 19950.
According to the district, The rate would increase as follows effective July 1, 2019: An additional $.655 per $100 of assessed value for property located in Sussex County. An additional $.271 per $100 of assessed value for property located in Kent County.
Despite differences in property assessments in Sussex and Kent counties, the percentage increase is the same for Sussex County and Kent County residents.
Use of Income from the Increase
Income from the increase in tax rates will be used for current operating expenses to support schools in the District, including the following: Increased operating costs including transportation costs; additional utility costs incurred in going from 3 to 4 school buildings; security enhancements of District schools; an increase in salary expense due to a growth in enrollment; and the need to continue to be competitive in hiring and retaining teachers.
Average Annual Increase
The average residential assessment of District taxpayers residing in Sussex County is $10,664, and the average residential assessment for District taxpayers residing in Kent County is $31,200. For the average homeowner in Sussex County the annual increase if $69.85, and for the average homeowner in Kent County the annual increase is $84.55.
Keep in mind, that is an average. Your mileage may vary.