CHAPTER 206

AN ACT TO AMEND DELAWARE CODE, TITLE 14, RELATIVE TO TUITION CHARGES IN ORDER TO PLACE COMPUTATION AND PAYMENT OF TUITION IN THE SAME FISCAL YEAR.

Be is enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Chapter 6, § 602, Par. (b) by deleting all of that paragraph beginning with the designation (3) and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

(3) any other educational purpose for which local taxes are to be used in the current school year. The cost shall include only the cost for the regular school term for such grades and programs as are authorized in the local district. The sum so obtained shall be divided by the total number of pupils in the authorized program and grades and attending all public schools in the receiving district as of September 30 of the current school year. The cost for the current year may be estimated cost and shall include an amount, added or subtracted from the estimate, which amount will represent the difference between the estimated and the actual costs of the tuition charges for the same purpose in the previous year. The resulting figure shall represent the amount of tuition charge per pupil in the current year. In Fiscal Year 1970 or later as described in § 605 the receiving district may include tuition charges for the previous year and the current year.

Section 2. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Chapter 6, § 602, Par. (d) by deleting the first sentence of that paragraph and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

(d) For each pupil attending a public school of another district as of September 30, the receiving district shall bill the sending district, and the sending district shall pay tuition charges per pupil on or before April 1 of the school year in which the bill is submitted to the sending district for payment.

Section 3. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Chapter 6, § 602, Par. (e) by adding at the end of said paragraph the following sentence:

The sending district shall estimate the amount of the tax and determine the rate for said tax and levy the tax upon the estimate at the time that regular tax levies are announced to the appropriate taxing authorities, and the levy shall be adjusted annually to correct errors in the estimate as provided for in Par. (b) of this Section.

Section 4. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Chapter 6, § 604, Par. (b) as follows:

1. Following the Fig. (1) in said paragraph, delete the words, "the previous year's", and insert in lieu thereof the words, "the current year estimated."

2. Following the Fig. (2) in said paragraph, delete the words, "were used for the previous", and insert in lieu thereof the words, "are to be used in the current."

Section 5. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Chapter 6, by adding a new Section 605 as follows:

§ 605. Computation, billing and collection in a current school year

This Act is to become effective for computation and collection of tuition in a current school year for the school year beginning September, 1969, to the extent that the then currently levied taxes will allow; and, for the levying of an estimated tax for the levies announced for the period beginning July 1, 1970 with that levy to include necessary adjustments for the 196970 school year, except that if the Act becomes law after September 30, 1969, then the estimated tax levy shall be for the period beginning July 1, 1970 and the computation and collection of tuitions as herein described in Paragraph (b) shall be effective for the school year beginning in September, 1970.

Approved July 7, 1969.