Notice of Special Election

Requirement of Delaware state law – 14 Del.C. §1074(b) & (c) 
As authorized by the Delaware Department of Elections. 
 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION IN SEAFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT

TO AUTHORIZE THE DISTRICT TO ISSUE BONDS AND LEVY ADDITIONAL TAXES

 

Notice is hereby given that a special election will be held on March 4, 2020, in the Seaford School District, in the State of Delaware, pursuant to resolutions duly adopted on December 16, 2019, by the Board of Education of said school district in accordance with provisions of Chapters 19 and 21 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code. This Special Election will be held in order to permit the voters of said school district to vote for or against the following:

 

Section 1: 

 

Authorization to issue bonds in the amount of $491,000 for Major Capital Improvements. The bonds are to be financed through an increase in property taxes and represent 25% of the total cost of $1,963,900 for construction, additions and renovations, which include:

    • Renovations to Central Elementary School inclusive of the planning, construction and equipment for a roof replacement.
 

Year

 Fiscal Year

 Amount of Annual Tax Increase as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance to Fund Renovations

 Total Annual Tax Rate as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance for Renovations

 Projected Increase/ Decrease in Annual Tax Rate as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance for Renovations

 Year

 Fiscal Year

 Amount of Annual Tax Increase as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance to Fund Renovations

 Total Annual Tax Rate as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance for Renovations

 Projected Increase/ Decrease in Annual Tax Rate as a Result of this Proposed Bond Issuance for Renovations

1

FY 2021

$0.0195

$0.4595

$0.0195

11

FY 2031

$0.0155

$0.2655

($0.0104)

2

FY 2022

$0.0191

$0.3991

($0.0604)

12

FY 2032

$0.0151

$0.2151

($0.0504)

3

FY 2023

$0.0187

$0.3787

($0.0204)

13

FY 2033

$0.0147

$0.2047

($0.0104)

4

FY 2024

$0.0183

$0.3683

($0.0104)

14

FY 2034

$0.0143

$0.0643

($0.1404)

5

FY 2025

$0.0179

$0.3279

($0.0404)

15

FY 2035

$0.0139

$0.0139

($0.0504)

6

FY 2026

$0.0175

$0.3175

($0.0104)

16

FY 2036

$0.0135

$0.0135

($0.0004)

7

FY 2027

$0.0171

$0.3071

($0.0104)

17

FY 2037

$0.0131

$0.0131

($0.0004)

8

FY 2028

$0.0167

$0.2867

($0.0204)

18

FY 2038

$0.0127

$0.0127

($0.0004)

9

FY 2029

$0.0163

$0.2863

($0.0004)

19

FY 2039

$0.0123

$0.0123

($0.0004)

10

FY 2030

$0.0159

$0.2759

($0.0104)

20

FY 2040

$0.0119

$0.0119

($0.0004)

 

Note:  Amount (rounded) are in cents/$100 of assessed value.  Tax rates are estimates based on several factors including interest rates.  Retirement of existing debt will offset annual tax increase in future years.  The “Annual Tax Rate” is based on the District’s current debt service rate ($0.5068 per $100 of assessed value) and several other factors including market interest rates.  The calculations in the above table were prepared without regard to any future referenda that may be pursued by the District. 

 

For a property in the district assessed at $13,324.46 (Seaford School District average assessment), the increased debt service cost to the homeowner is as follows over the first five years the bonds will amortize, and accounting for debt retirement:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

$2.60

-$8.05

-$2.72

-$1.39

-$5.38

 

Section 2: 

 

For a property in the district assessed at $13,324.46 (Seaford School District average assessment), the increased current expense cost to the homeowner will be $95.94 per year.

This increase is to provide funding for programs such as, but not limited to, the following:

      • Continue and support school safety and security initiatives
      • Continuance of ongoing programs (textbooks, instructional supplies and materials, discipline support programs, maintenance of facilities)
      • Upgrade and maintain technology
      • Upgrade and maintain extracurricular activities
      • Recruit and retain highly qualified staff
      • Necessary operating expenses (energy costs, general inflation, contracted services)
      • Sustain operations affected by reductions in state funding
 

VOTER INFORMATION

 

The polls for said election will be open on March 4, 2020 at 7:00 AM and will remain open until 8:00 PM. United States Citizens eighteen (18) years of age or over who reside within the Seaford School District at the time of the election shall be eligible to vote (proof of identity and residence is required) whether or not they are at the time registered voters for the purpose of a General Election. Voters may vote at the following designated polling place, which is accessible to the disabled:

 

Seaford High School                399 Market Street, Seaford DE 19973

 

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION

 

You may vote by absentee ballot if you cannot vote on Election Day for one of the following reasons:

 

  1. Because you are in the public service of the United States or of this State, or a citizen of the United States temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia, or you are such person's spouse or dependent when residing with or accompanying the person, or you are absent from this State because of illness or injury received while serving in the armed forces of the United States; or
  2. Because you are in the armed forces of the United States or the merchant marine of the United States, or attached to and serving with the armed forces of the United States in the American Red Cross or United Service Organizations; or
  3. Because of the nature of your business or occupation, including the business or occupation of providing care to your parent, spouse, or child who is living at home and requires constant care due to illness, disability, or injury; or
  4. Because you are sick or physically disabled; or
  5. Because you are absent from the district while on vacation; or
  6. Because you are unable to vote at a certain time or on a certain day due to the tenets or teachings of your religion; or
  7. Because you are otherwise authorized pursuant to the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) to vote by absentee ballot; or
  8. Because you are otherwise authorized by federal law to vote by absentee ballot.

To vote by absentee ballot:

      • Absentee ballots can be obtained and submitted in person or by mail.
      • Complete an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections, which can be downloaded from https://electionssc.delaware.gov.school_absentee.shtml, or by email at absenteesc@delaware.gov or by phone at 302-856-5367.
      • Absentee voting in person is available at the Department of Elections, Sussex County Office until noon on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. If you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, send a completed affidavit to the Department of Elections, Sussex County Office, 119 N. Race Street, P.O. Box 457, Georgetown, DE 19947, or email it to absenteesc@delaware.gov, or fax it to 302-856-5082, so that it arrives no later than 12 noon, Monday, March 2, 2020.
      • Additional information regarding absentee voting is found here:
 

Important Dates regarding absentee voting:

      • Vote in person by absentee ballot at the Department of Elections, Sussex County Office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Monday, March 2, 2020 or from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
      • In order to be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received at the Department of Elections, Sussex County Office, 119 N. Race Street, P.O. Box 457, Georgetown, DE 19947, no later than 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
 

PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION AND ADDRESS

 

Persons appearing to vote must present satisfactory proof of identity and address to the Election Officer at the Polling Place before being permitted to vote. Persons who do not present satisfactory proof of identity and address, may- upon majority vote of the Inspector and the two Judges – be permitted to vote.

 

Contact Seaford School District at 302-629-4587 with any questions you may have.

 

 

In the event of inclement weather, the referendum will be held on March 12, 2020.

The notice of election shall remain posted until the day after the election.