Referendum vote this week

The Indian River School District is holding a referendum on Thursday, May 22, to generate funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

According to a “Special Referendum Edition” of the district’s newsletter, if the referendum is passed, the cost to the average taxpayer would be $74.19 in the first year, and $12.29 the second year (based on a taxpayer with the average district property assessment of $24,970 — or, a market value of between $199,000 and $225,000).

The decision to vote for or against the referendum is solely up to the voter, but we feel the need to stress the importance of voting on this issue. If approved, every taxpayer in the district will indeed face a tax increase. If it’s rejected, district teachers’ salaries will continue to be behind neighboring districts, students would not be offered full-day kindergarten and other purchases or improvements could not be made.

It’s an individual’s decision, based on individual beliefs. However, it is important that the individual have his or her voice heard through the voting process.

According to the district, to be eligible to vote in the referendum, voters must be Indian River School District residents who are U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Voter registration is not required, but residents must provide proof of identification at each polling spot. Absentee ballots are now only available in person until noon on May 21.

Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and polling locations are Georgetown Elementary School, Indian River High School, Long Neck Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Millsboro Middle School and Selbyville Middle School.

For more information, call the Department of Elections at (302) 856-5367.

The Coastal Point would like to recognize the efforts of emergency service personnel throughout our community during this week’s storm and flooding. We should all take a moment and be grateful for their dedication to safety.