MILFORD, Del. - Residents in the Milford School District decided against tax increases for two referendums.
Voters had two questions: the first to fund a new 1,200 middle school on the same site as the old Milford Middle School building.
According to Milford School District, the second would have increased the Current Expense Tax rate for residents by an additional $0.9116 cents in Sussex County and an additional $0.3226 cents in Kent County per $100 of assessed property valuation to provide $2.1 million funding for technology upgrades, operational costs and academic programs.
We're told that the middle school referendum was voted down by 178 votes, 1,020 to 842. The second referendum also did not pass, 1,074 to 769.
Superintendent Phyllis Kohel told WMDT in a March 25th phone interview that both referendums were needed to move Milford schools into the next generation.
Asked at the time, 'what happens if the referendums aren't passed?', Kohel said, "We're going to have to come up with another plan with the communities help in order to go back out for a referendum at a later date.
"I mean, that's how important this is to us. We definitely need a new school for our students and we definitely need additional funds that will ultimately benefit the programs."