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Residents Vote to Pass Cape Henlopen Referendum

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Residents went to the polls Wednesday for a Cape Henlopen School District Referendum (Photo: WBOC) Residents went to the polls Wednesday for a Cape Henlopen School District Referendum (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - Voters in the Cape Henlopen School District passed a referendum Wednesday that would raise local taxes in order to rebuild and renovate schools in the district.

Residents voted to approve the referendum with a vote of 2,947 to 1,031. Alyssa Titus, a spokesperson for Cape Henlopen School District, said there was an "overwhelming majority at each polling place," nearly a 3-to-1 majority for approval.

Supt. Robert Fulton said Wednesday night that the district is "extremely pleased" with the results of the vote, but added, "We have a lot of work to do now."

By approving the referendum, voters agreed to pay $48 million of a $154 million building project. This means your average homeowner would pay a $74 a year property tax increase on a $250,000 home assessed at about $22,000.

"Being able to do this will help make the school safer and give us more security options going forward," said Supt. Fulton.

New schools will be built at H.O. Brittingham and Rehoboth Elementary schools. Both schools will use the design for the new elementary on Route 24, Titus said. 

Supt. Fulton said the initial phase of funding will go toward replacing H. O. Brittingham, then rebuilding Rehoboth Elementary will be next, followed by renovating the Lewes School and Milton Elementary. The first pay-out is July 1.

Titus said another step for the district is that they will now have to create a task force to determine what the renovations and the new buildings will look like. Brittingham is expected to be complete first, with an estimated date of 2018, Titus said. A new Rehoboth Elementary school is expected to open in 2019. Titus said both renovations on Milton Elementary and the Lewes School are expected to be finished by 2021.

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