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  • Caesar Rodney school board reduces tax rate, reorganizes

  • The average tax payer in the Caesar Rodney School District will pay $741 in school taxes in fiscal year 15, a $6 reduction over FY 14.
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  • The average tax payer in the Caesar Rodney School District will pay $741 in school taxes in fiscal year 15, a $6 reduction over FY 14.
    The Caesar Rodney school board voted in a special meeting on Tuesday to reduce the district’s minor capital tax rate, which is used to fund small building projects in hopes of sustain the lifespan of buildings, by one cent. That reduction brought the district’s overall tax rate down from $1.24 to $1.23 per $100 of assessed value for homes. The tax rate was reduced in order to prevent excess funds from building up, said Ada Carter, director of business and finance for the district.
    “Minor capital money will sit in a hold account and we can’t spend it,” she said. “So we could leave the tax higher but it’s just sitting there. It would be like leaving a tax high and asking people to pay a tax we can’t use.”
    The rest of the districts tax rates, including the taxes that fund special education; bond payments, technology; reading and math resource teachers; operating expenses and extra instruction for struggling students, remained the same.
    In addition to adjusting the tax rate the board swore in Jessica Marelli, who was elected to Kathleen Haynes’s seat on the board during a May election after Haynes chose not to seek re-election. Marelli’s seat comes with a five year term and will end on June 30, 2019.
    Haynes previously served as the board president, necessitating the election of a new president. Board member William Bush was unanimously approved as the board’s new president and board member Melody Heavner was elected as vice president.
     

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