Indian River district clarifies school tax increase

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District is providing clarification to numerous calls of late regarding large increases in school property tax bills for fiscal year 2018.

In a release from IRSD spokesman David Maull, the school district states that part of this tax increase stems from the public’s approval of a current expense referendum on March 2, 2017.

However, the remaining tax increase is the result of actions taken by the Delaware General Assembly in July. In the process of balancing the state’s budget for FY18, the General Assembly reduced the annual Senior Property Tax Discount from $500 to $400 for residents 65 and over. This accounts for the additional $100 that some residents have noticed on their property tax bill.

The Indian River School District had no input or influence on the legislature’s decision to reduce the Senior Property Tax Discount. In setting its tax rate for FY18, the district has maintained the promises made to the public during the referendum process, the district’s release states.

By a 7,095 to 5,394 margin, district voters March 2 approved a 49-cent tax increase per $100 of assessed value. The referendum raises $7.35 million, supporting enrollment growth (additional teachers, paraprofessionals, materials and supplies), school safety and student services.

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