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Neighbors to Vote on School Taxes in Delmar

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DELMAR, Del. -  Homeowners in the Delmar School District hold the fate of a possible tax increase in their own hands.  The school district will be holding a vote on the referendum in early March that could increase taxes by about $60 for average homeowners.

The first tax increase to be decided on would help fund the replacement of the roof and renovations at the Delmar Middle School and High School.  The plan calls for an increase of about $19.50 a year for the average home owner.  Over the 20 year life of the tax, the rate would decrease.

The second proposed increase would be permanent and that would be roughly $40 more a year for the average Delmar homeowner.  That increase would be used to fund the general operation of the district, including classroom materials and staff salaries.

Some owners say it is an easy price to pay when it comes to helping the schools and local children.

"My kids aren't in there anymore but they went there and they gave them a good education and I want that education for other kids to have it.  As long as the high school is here, as long as everything is going well, as long as our schools are going well, then the town goes well," said David Hudson of Delmar.

Casandra Kirbow of Delmar also said she would agree to the new tax because in the long run it would benefit her young son.  "He doesn't start school until three years from now, but still, at least he'll get a better education than what most kids are getting around here."

Others WBOC spoke with in Delmar believe an extra $60 a year will add up quickly and when the vote is held, they will be casting their vote against any tax increases.

The vote on the referendum will be held on March 3rd in Delmar and the polls will be open inside the district board road from 10 am to 8 pm.

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