KENT COUNTY - Less federal money, a smaller allocation from the state budget, a state-mandated raise for paraprofessionals and rising tuition costs will mean higher tax bills for just about every resident in Kent County this upcoming year.
School boards approved tax hikes in the Caesar Rodney, Capital, Lake Forest, Polytech and Smryna school districts with Milford being the lone district in central Delaware to decrease its rate for fiscal year 2013.
Tax rates are per $100,000 of a property's assessed value, not the more commonly known market value. To determine a property's assessed value, visit Kent County's website at www.co.kent.de.us.
Caesar Rodney School District's rate will increase by 2.5 cents for fiscal year 2013. Rates have gone from 1.22 in FY ‘12 to 1.245 per $100 of assessed value in FY '13.
Capital residents will see a 7.7cent per $100 of assessed value increase on their next tax bill with the district's rate going from 1.832 in FY '12 to 1.909 in FY '13.
In the Lake Forest School District, business manager Christine daCosta said its overall tax rate has increased by a little less than 5- cents from 1.1097 in FY '12, to 1.1569 in FY '13.
Polytech School District's rate for Kent County in FY '13 is 0.1372, an increase from last year's rate of 0.1351.
Smyrna's county rates have increased this year by a little more than 4 cents from 1.2716 in FY ‘12 to 1.3240 in FY ‘13.
Milford School District decreased its Kent County rates by nearly 7-cents for fiscal year 2013 compared to FY '12. The current rates for Milford, which straddles both Kent and Sussex counties, is 1.2165.