UPDATE: The referendum passed by only 67 votes. Final Score: 3,005 FOR to 2,938 AGAINST.
The Governor, his politician buddies and filthy rich, private contractors are hoping Colonial will join Appoquinimink in losing their referendum vote against another TAX HIKE.
The “Referendum Steering Committee” publicly admitted a change in their strategy to increase outreach to parents and resident employees ONLY, intentionally trying to pull the wool over the eyes of every other taxpayer.
Check out this creepy and corrupt phrase from their report: “We have received a list of those individuals who voted and only 55% of our resident employees voted on February 28th.”
Well, we’ve received a list, too… of polling places! Help us take a stand against their underhanded tactics.
Here are the polling times and locations for the referendum vote on Tuesday, June 4th:
Please Vote NO:
- Tuesday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Official Polling Places
|Carrie Downie Elementary School||1201 Delaware St||New Castle 19720|
|Carvel State Office Building||820 N French St||Wilmington 19801|
|Castle Hills Elementary School||502 Moores Ln||New Castle 19720|
|Delaware City Library||250 5th St||Delaware City 19706|
|Eisenberg Elementary School||27 Landers Ln||New Castle 19720|
|Howard Weston Senior Center||1 Bassett Ave||New Castle 19720|
|Kingswood Community Center||2300 Bowers St||Wilmington 19802|
|McCullough Middle School||20 Chase Ave||New Castle 19720|
|Pleasantville Elementary School||16 Pleasant St||New Castle 19720|
|Southern Elementary School||795 Cox Neck Rd||New Castle 19720|
|Wilbur Elementary School||4050 Wrangle Hill Rd||Bear 19701|
|William Penn High School||713 E Basin Rd||New Castle 19720|
|Wilmington Manor Elementary School||200 E. Roosevelt Ave||New Castle 19720|
This is a clear case of the rich, private consultants and bureaucrats getting richer and the middle class paying to line their pockets with cash.
Federal money kept in their pockets. State money slashed. Instead, our public funds getting wasted in typical crony-capitalist style to private vendors, contractors, and favored big businesses.
In the Colonial District, legislators like Representatives James Johnson, Michael Mulrooney, Rebecca Walker and Michael Barbieri, plus Senators Nicole Poore, Margaret Rose Henry, and David McBride have a lot of explaining to do.
They voted to increase salaries again and increase the state mandated pension rate, which hiked the Colonial operations budget another $3.5 Million. No School Board Member, nor any resident paying the tab, has any control over these irresponsible mandates.
Then they voted to add $60 Million to the Department of Education in the State budget this year, but with LESS money coming to Colonial.
They also have a state law on the books that restricts school boards from moving money from their capital budgets to the operations budget; another set of handcuffs that might help avoid tax hikes.
Half of the $119 Million dollars received from Barack Obama’s “Race To The Top” boondoggle were kept in Dover, handed to private vendor contractors to roll out mind-numbing requirements for state and federally controlled education schemes.
Now we see the effects and how that’s working out for the taxpayers.
We need more local control of our schools. The top-down model is continuing to fail and conditions keep getting worse.
Teachers and Principals are being fired anyway, according to their plan, so no one is saving any teachers by allowing these political shenanigans to continue.
But Colonial School District is not off the hook just because the state legislators are running wild in Dover.
The bulk of the cut off from their original tax hike attempt came from Technology, Curriculum, and Pre-K Expansion. Only a $0.02 cut was made to the GIANT increase going to the Operations budget.
In other words, higher salaries and pensions are taking top priority over how many teachers we have and how many of our tax dollars come back to our district from the state bureaucrats.
The school board should also start standing up to the state government and demand they end their reckless spending and budget shenanigans.
While discontinuing the burdensome implementation of Race To The Top scheme is a good idea, the Steering Committee still left the outrageous Common Core program in.
And their TAX HIKE REFERENDUM on Tuesday is scheduled to increase their annual take from the citizens by $9.6 Million.
If the current budget deficit is $6 Million and the district has $12 Million in reserves, there is no reason to overshoot the deficit amount and pull $3 Million more from taxpayers than is needed.
Show up to the polls listed above on June 4th and VOTE NO on this 2nd attempt to hike middle class taxes.
Don’t believe the threats that this is going to hurt the children. There’s only a 12 cent (per $100 of assessed value) difference since the first referendum. They didn’t go far enough.
Again, the implementation of Common Core is still in Colonial’s plan.
We are now suffering the consequences of allowing our state government over the years to consolidate school control into a top-down model. THAT is what needs to change.
And things only change when you TAKE A STAND and DEMAND IT with your vote.
CLICK HERE to sign our petition to Stop Education Dollar Corruption in Delaware. Send a clear message to your legislators that it’s time to reverse the top-down, micromanaging approach to educating our children.
And for extra credit, do the math on this slide from the Referendum Steering Committee’s “report”: