Brandywine School District will be conducting a property tax hike referendum on March 23rd.
One part of the referendum is to maintain a tax increase from a previous referendum that was due to sunset this year. If it does, Brandywine district residents will see a property tax reduction.
The other part of the referendum is to fund the installation of six turf fields (two per high school) at about $846,625 per field.
Oddly enough, the district does not know what kind of turf field it will be installing. That has many residents questioning the cost:
“Why are they waiting until after the referendum to decide what kind of field to install?”
“How do we know if $846,625 will be enough to build a safe turf field? If it’s too much, how will the extra money be spent?”
“How did they arrive at the $846,625 number?”
Crumb rubber turf fields have been installed at many schools, which has other residents worried due to current federal investigations into the possibility that they are causing cancer in children.
NBC News reported on February 12th that three federal agencies are now investigating whether crumb rubber artificial turf fields are safe. This 2 minute video shows how a soccer coach’s concerns lead to a list of 75 players who developed cancer after playing on turf fields: