The Appoquinimink School District voted this week to approve a tax increase.
Tuition taxes are used in conjunction with state and federal funds to support students with special needs. The school board will ask for a rate increase of 1.42 cents per $100 of assessed home value.
According to Danielle Pro-Hudson, district chief communication officer, the tax increase is part of the tax rate that is locally determined by the board to meet the needs of special needs students, not voted through referendum by Appo residents. The last referendum was four years ago and passed.
With a tax increase, in combination with other growth factors impacting federal, state, and local funds, Appo expects nearly $4 million more in revenue than last year, or $229,392,205.
“With rising expenses, certainly the revenue is not keeping pace with that,” said Eric Loftus, the district’s director of finance.
Most Delaware school boards are unveiling preliminary 2023-24 school year budgets and tax rates this month. They are expected to take official votes on whether to approve the proposal in August.
Appo also swore in newly-elected school board member Tashiba Graham.
Michelle Wall was re-elected to serve as board president and Richard Forsten was voted to serve as vice president for next school year.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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