The Woodbridge School District will have another current expense referendum Wednesday May 29, 2019. An earlier March 12th referendum was defeated by voters, but State Law allows for a second vote within a 12 month period.
The proposed tax increase "provides revenue to cover operating costs, such as teaching materials, textbooks, insurance and local salary expenditures. This rate can only be increased through referendum." according to the district.
The Woodbridge District presentation on the issue says,
"20.73% Increase in Salary Expenses since FY13
76.21% Increase in Utility Expenses since FY13 (almost $300,000 increase)
$213,500 Local Transportation Expenses in FY18
$101,757 In Security Expenses in FY18
The District is currently operating a “Deficit Spending” Budget. This means that the District is utilizing reserve funding to meet the current year expenses.
For the FY19 Budget, the district is deficit spending in the amount of $400,000"
The tax increase requested by the district will be $ .655 in Sussex County and $ .271 in Kent County. Based on AVERAGE assessed property values the increase for the AVERAGE homeowner would be $69.85 in Sussex County and $84.55 in Kent County
The School District says "If the May 29th referendum is unsuccessful. The Woodbridge School District will be forced to leave 17-20 staff positions vacant for the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, the District will most likely be forced to give up our School Resource Officer services at Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge Middle School and Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. This is at a time when most school districts across the country are increasing their security budgets."
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Woodbridge Middle School
Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center
United States Citizens eighteen (18) years of age or over who reside within the Woodbridge School District at the time of the election shall be eligible to vote (proof of identity and residence is required). Residents do NOT need to be registered voters for a General Election in order to vote.