I don’t have children in the district. Why should I vote for this referendum?
Great schools benefit everyone. Great schools make for safer communities and help to increase the value of homes in Colonial. They prepare students for good jobs so that these young people can one day support us through their Social Security contributions. Nearly everyone is a product of a school system that was paid for by a previous generation.
Is there relief for Seniors?
YES! Senior citizens, aged 65 and older, are entitled to a credit of 50% of their School District taxes up to $500, provided they provided they meet the state’s 3-year residency requirement. To qualify, complete a School Tax Credit Application and return it to the New Castle County Assessment Office by April 30. Seniors may also qualify for additional reductions in sewer and county property tax based on income. For more information about these programs, call the County at 395-5520.
When was our last referendum?
A 2013 referendum addressed operating expenses necessitated by funding cuts from the state and other factors.
Do I have to own property to vote?
No, anyone who lives in the Colonial School District; Are at least 18-years old, a citizen of the USA & Delaware are eligible to vote
How important is approval of the referendum to the operation and success of our school system?
Very important. We cannot allow ourselves to halt the great progress we have made, we need to stay ahead of the game. We must be certain that we provide all of the resources for our students to achieve, succeed, and be well prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
What happens if it doesn’t pass?
Without additional revenue, Colonial will need to make significant budget cuts. Because over 80% of our budget is spent on people, there is no way to implement these cuts without impacts staff and programming.
How do we know referendum funds for are handled properly?
The state also audits our projects twice a year. In addition, a group of skilled professionals –the Financial Advisory Committee– meets monthly, year round, to review our financial documents, including referendum spending. We monitor referendum spending very closely. Referendum expenditures are a part of the financial reports presented at the public Board Meetings that occur once a month. Community members have the ability to review these reports online at any time.
Have a question?
If you have a question regarding the 2017 Referendum, please fill out the form below and a representative of the Colonial School District will get back to you asap.