Milford referendum passes – 1,621 to 1,282



MILFORD – On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Milford School District leaders were relieved when department of election officials presented the preliminary results of its operating funds referendum – 1,621 for with 1,282 against.

The measure which will raise taxes for property owners by about 34 percent, will allow the school district to continue to fund its current curriculum and programs and may allow it to create more educational opportunities for students in the district.

“This means that we can finally get back to a point we’ve been working toward,” said Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Kohel. “That is restoring programs for students and being able to offer some new programs. As we investigate what is the best need and desire for our students. It means that we can work closer in our community with the new hospital coming. It opens opportunities for our students. We want to take advantage of that.”

Now it has the operating funds it needs, the district wants to work alongside community leaders, especially Bayhealth as it embarks on its new medical campus, to provide the best educational opportunities to move all of Milford forward.

“We are looking at programs like health sciences that would prepare students to either go to college or leave school and go to work,” Dr. Kohel said. “This will allow us to do much more.”

Dr. Kohel also expressed her gratitude to those that supported the district’s effort.

“I am very grateful to everyone that supported it,” she said.

Milford School District Board of Education President Renate Wiley was also very grateful on Tuesday night.

“I am overjoyed and happy to see that the community supported us. Everyone worked together. It wasn’t just a select few. It was the whole community working together, parents, the teachers, the city council supported us,” Mrs. Wiley said

Nearly 3,000 people went to the polls on Tuesday. The measure passed by 339 votes.

The results will not be made officials until Wednesday afternoon by the election commissioner.

The school tax current expense rate for Kent County is now 0.6144 per $100 of assessed value. That rate will grow to 1.1390 per $100 of assessed value.

The school tax current expense rate for Sussex County is now 2.0481 per $100 of assessed value that number will increase to 3.2188.

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