The Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education approved the FY 2014 tax rates as presented by Dr. Ada Carter, at its July 9 re-organization meeting. Several of the tax rates changed on an individual basis but the overall tax rate will remain at 1.2 cents per $100 of assessed home value.
The special education tuition tax rate, which is used to ensure that special education students are provided with the materials that are outlined in the Individual Education Plans, was reduced by .01 cents per $100 of assessed home value. The rate decreased from 0.3684 cents to 0.3548 cents.
The math match tax rate was reduced from .0085 cents to .0081 cents. The reading match tax rate was set at .0366 cents, a .0014-cent decrease from Fiscal Year 2013. The math and reading match tax funds are used to fund math and reading specialists in the district’s schools.
The extra time match tax rate, which helps fund summer school teachers, after-school instructors and classroom aids, increased by .0154 cents, taking it from .0130 cents to .0284 cents.
The extra time match tax rate increased so that the rate could be maximized, Carter said. When the extra time match tax was implemented Caesar Rodney chose not to levy the full 30 percent of the local portion so that taxes wouldn’t increase. The state, which once put up 70 percent of the match tax, stopped matching the funds in 2009, but allowed the districts to continue collecting their portion under the condition that they not adjust their rate. As of 2009, Caesar Rodney wasn’t levying the full 30 percent for the extra time match tax. The state has now instructed districts that if they haven’t maximized that rate they may now do so.
“I recommend that we do maximize the extra time,” Carter sad. “That particular fund is extremely flexible much more so than the reading or math. We’ll be able to use it for a number of things and the board can vote to maximize that tax.”
Carter mitigated raising the extra time tax by lowering the other match taxes, allowing the overall tax rate to remain unchanged.
Board members William Bush and P. Scott Wilson were both sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting. Bush is beginning his second term on the board, while Wilson is a newcomer. Wilson was elected to fill Dave Henderson’s seat after he stepped down from the school board. Kathleen Haynes was re-elected as the school board president and Bush was elected as vice president, filling the position left vacant by Henderson.