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Seaford School District Holding Referendum Next Week

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SEAFORD, Del.-After receiving federal funds from the Race to the Top program in 2011, the Seaford School District has been using that money to create programs and buy technology. Now the district must find a new way to pay for the programs after funding for Race to the Top runs out at the end of this school year.

Officials are hoping district residents will approve a property tax increase to pay for the programs. The district says the average property owner will see a tax increase of about $100. The tax is based on the assessed value of a property. If a property has an assessed value of $16,837 it has a market value of about $187,00 and the property will see their Seaford school tax bill of $566 go up $98.

While extra money may be hard for some people to scrape up, Schan Hall says she'll be voting yes for the increase.

"It will help the students achieve some of their goals that they're looking for out there in life, that's the main thing and it will help everyone in the school system," Hall said.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Kevin Carson says the extra money will help fund Spanish immersion programs, increased staffing and the International Baccalaureate program.

But people like Steven Fowler say taxes are already too high. "I'm kinda not really excited about taxes going up," Fowler said. "I'm a private businessman, I've been in business for 30 years, ya know, they keep asking for money, money, money."

But district officials say the referendum will benefit everyone in the community.

"I think the investment in public education in our students and school district pays significant dividends and gives an economic benefit for the school district, increase property values and be good for everyone," Carson said.

The Seaford School District Referendum will be voted on February 27th.

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