Bill Text: DE HB213 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly | Draft


Bill Title: An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Local School Taxes.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-06-06 - Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House [HB213 Detail]

Download: Delaware-2017-HB213-Draft.html

SPONSOR:

Rep.Jaques & Sen.Sokola & Sen.Townsend

Rep. Baumbach

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

149th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 213

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LOCAL SCHOOL TAXES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend 1914, Title 14, of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

(a) The school board of any district, which has for 1 year levied a local tax under this chapter, may continue annually, without a further election or referendum, to levy such local tax not exceeding in amount the tax originally authorized by an election if said original authorization was on the basis of an amount of tax, or not to exceed the rate of tax originally authorized by an election if said original authorization was on the rate of taxation, each together with an added 10 percent for delinquencies and costs of collection as provided in 1913 of this title.

(b) In addition to subsection (a) of this section, notwithstanding any other provision of this title, beginning with the tax year 2018 and all tax years thereafter, a school board may also every two years increase the rate or amount of tax originally authorized in an election by an amount not to exceed the higher of (1) a rate equal to the percentage change in the CPI-W as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor, or (2) a rate of 3% every two years without a further election or referendum. This subsection shall not apply to tax levies for major capital improvements as defined in Chapter 17 of this title and tuition programs as defined in Chapter 6 of this title. School boards may request a tax increase higher than those provisions listed above, but will require a referendum approved by the taxpayers. If the tax rate is increased under this section, state funding shall not be decreased in any subsequent tax year based on the levy of this tax.

(c) In addition to subsection (b) of this section, notwithstanding any other provision of this title, beginning with the tax year 2018 and all years thereafter, a school board may elect a one-time rate increase of the tax originally authorized in an election by an amount to ensure that a school district has a sufficient ending balance as defined as one month of local payroll as of October 15. Local expenditure growth shall not exceed 3.5% for a minimum of two fiscal years upon electing a rate increase under this section.

SYNOPSIS

This bill creates a mechanism by which school boards may increase funds for a school district without a referendum.

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