Delaware City Schools’ substitute levy approved


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Superintendent Paul Craft (right) watches election results at the school district’s administration building Tuesday evening. Also at the table were Treasurer Melissa Lee and Jerry Stewart, executive director of human resources and material resources

Superintendent Paul Craft (right) watches election results at the school district’s administration building Tuesday evening. Also at the table were Treasurer Melissa Lee and Jerry Stewart, executive director of human resources and material resources


Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

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.

Superintendent Paul Craft (right) watches election results at the school district’s administration building Tuesday evening. Also at the table were Treasurer Melissa Lee and Jerry Stewart, executive director of human resources and material resources
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/03/web1_IMG_2782-1.jpgSuperintendent Paul Craft (right) watches election results at the school district’s administration building Tuesday evening. Also at the table were Treasurer Melissa Lee and Jerry Stewart, executive director of human resources and material resources Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

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