Delaware City Schools’ “substitute” tax levy was approved by voters in Tuesday’s primary election with 7,084 “yes” votes and 3,827 “no” votes.
School officials have said that the levy will not increase taxes for property owners but will allow to district to capitalize on the growth in the school district.
Superintendent Paul Craft said the substitute levy would replace a five-year emergency levy passed in 2011 that generates $6 million a year. Craft said the rate that the current levy is collected, around 8.3 mills, will not change going forward.
Craft said the substitute levy allows for growth over the life of the levy based on property valuation — whereas a straight renewal levy would not allow the district to capture any growth in the district.