Not supporting the Milford referendum

Charles H. Garrod

I DO NOT support the Milford School system building another High School. The school administration claims that the only way to cope with future rising student enrollment is to keep building more schools. I say there are other ways and the Milford School system is ignoring any other way.
The existing high School and Charter School has administrative staff & many offices. These facilities have health facilities, cafeterias, gyms, auditoriums and massive power plant facilities. More than likely there are other facilities that non-school taxpayers do not know about.

I say add classrooms on to existing schools and do not duplicate the current support facilities and functions. Using intellectual formulas to derive how much school capacity will be needed based upon unknown, but projected population growth, is too risky a device to have the Milford School system taxpayers shoulder the projection costs of almost $70,000. This huge amount of money is also assuming that there will be no changes or cost overruns.

But what is NOT presented, is the additional annual costs of running this new school. How many millions will be added to the current tax system that we all will have to shoulder in addition to our current tax load.

What we do not hear from the school district is a reporting of much how the taxpayer’s money has been spent on new classroom costs over the past two to three years. The use of tax funds for all school systems is from the taxpayers whether it comes from local taxes or through state taxes, ITS ALL FROM TAXPAYERS

The possibility of Delaware’s senior citizen’s losing all or some of their Senior Citizen property tax deduction is reason enough for seniors and others on a fixed or limited income to vote this proposed referendum down.

School officials-make your case or face another defeat at the polls.

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