AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 26, TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE POWER OF COUNTY VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND COUNTY VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO LEVY TAXES FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 26, Title 14, Delaware Code by striking
§2601(a)(1) in its entirety, and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
"(1) The amount to be raised by taxation shall not exceed 15.2 cents on each $100 of value of real property in Sussex County for the tax year 1991 and all years thereafter."
Section 2. Amend Section 2602, Chapter 26, Title 14, Delaware Code, by designating the existing section as "subsection (a) and adding a new "subsection (b)" to read as follows:
"(b) Prior to submitting any subsequent legislation to the General
Assembly for approval that proposes to increase the tax rate authorized by §2601 (a) (1) of this title, the Sussex County Vocational Technical School District Board of Education shall first submit by March 15 of that year its proposed tax rate increase and justification therefor to a Tax Rate Review Committee composed of the following members:
1. A representative of the Department of Public Instruction designated by the State Board of Education;
2. Two public members from Sussex County designated by the Governor;
3. The Controller General;
4. The Budget Director;
1. The superintendent of one of the Sussex County school districts
designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
The Tax Rate Review Committee shall, in a timely fashion, review the proposed tax rate increase taking into account the District's projected enrollment, current operating expense requirements, and the county's taxable assessment, and shall file a report by April 15 of that year with the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, indicating whether or not the proposed tax rate is sufficient to meet the District's reasonable operating
requirements. Copies of this report shall also be distributed to each
local Board of Education in the County."