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Milford Discusses School Referendum


MILFORD, Del. - The Milford School District is holding meetings to explain a referendum they hope to pass this Spring. The referendum would increase property taxes in the district to pay to demolish and rebuild a new middle school.

Milford Middle School was closed last year due to infrastructure deterioration. The students were moved to Milford Central Academy. While the change is working so far, a population study has shown there will be a steady increase of students to the area in the next ten years. According to Milford Superintendent Phyllis Kohel, there will not be enough room if this happens.

This referendum, would be paid for by property owners in the district, but anyone in the district would be able to vote.

Lashena Reynolds has four children, two of which were displaced this past year. She said she hopes the referendum passes. But she does not own property in the district.

"Everybody that I've talked to that actually do own property here in the district they say the same thing I said," she said. "You can't really put a price on taking care of the children."

Some people however think that is not fair and Reynold's vote shouldn't count. Richard Crumley said he thinks only property owners should be allowed to vote in the referendum.

"I don't think they should have a say in it because they don't have vested interest in it," he explained.

Kohel feels differently.

"Many of those families who don't own property still have students who attend this district," she said. "Out of concern for their own students and commitment to the district itself I believe they should have a right to vote."

The state granted the school district just over $44 million for the project, but the last 29% would come from property taxes.

The first year, property taxes would only be increased by $3.65. The next year however would go up to $33.20 per year.  It would increase to $35.68 by year three, but then start declining after that.

Another part of the referendum is a $2.1 million additional revenue that would raise property taxes $94.36 per year. It would be used for expenses to maintain programs and staff in the district.

Both this and the new middle school referendum will be going to vote on March 26th, and the two sections will be voted on independently.


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