Post by Logan on Jun 16, 2016 14:52:45 GMT -6
A bill meant to ease tax-power fears about the redistricting plan for Wilmington schools failed to clear the House Education Committee Wednesday, making passage of the the broader plan a tougher sell for its supporters.
The bill was supposed to assure that if the Legislature approves the redistricting plan, it would not be giving school districts statewide any new authority to raise school property taxes without taxpayer permission, said Rep. Sean Lynn, the bill's sponsor.
“I was worried about the possibility of school boards being permitted to raise taxes without the necessity of a referendum," Lynn said in a committee hearing. His bill says passage of the redistricting proposal "shall not constitute an endorsement of any revenue or spending measure."
Staff attorneys told the committee no new taxing authority is conferred by the rebalancing plan as proposed, but said Lynn's bill clarifies the situation.
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/06/15/house-committee-cant-move-bill-smoothing-weic-path/85883642/