Georgetown - A gradual property tax increase with an estimated peak of $68.92 by 2023 followed by decrease over a seven year period is the latest pitch by the Indian River School District (IRSD) to help fund school expansion projects and meet the increasing population within its borders. Superintendent Mark Steele discussed this plan at Thursday's public hearing at Sussex Central High School. It is the first of two hearings the district is holding in the lead-up to the May 7 referendum vote. The second hearing is scheduled for Tuesday April 16 at Indian River High School.
It was just three months ago that voters in the school district reject a referendum plan that was estimated to cost taxpayers $20.00 more than what is now being proposed. IRSD is projecting a 1,776 enrollment increase by 2024. To accommodate the growth the plan calls for the building of a new Sussex Central High School, adding eight classrooms to Indian River High School, and four classrooms to Selbyville Middle School.
"What the plan is, and this at no cost to the tax payer, is once the new high school is completed the old Sussex Central High School which has a 1,500 capacity would be used as a middle school," Steele told WRDE. "Millsboro middle school students would be moved to that location and some from Georgetown."
For more information including the presentation at Thursday's public hearing go to irsd.net/referendum