This question came through our web form recently and I thought it might be helpful to share the answer I sent. Please know this is not a district answer, it’s my opinion as a parent and community resident.
- What is the impact for senior citizens for this referendum? Why should they vote yes?
I can tell you why I feel senior citizens should be supportive and vote yes in the referendum, but it is my opinion as a volunteer committee member, parent and district resident. I am sure others would have different views. I understand not all senior citizens are grandparents, and not all students have grandparents, but I feel that it benefits all of us when we support the youth in our community. Whether you have students in the schools or not it truly does take a village to raise kids well. I know I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for both my parents and my grandparents. I know they have always supported and valued me and I hope to be able to do the same for them now that I am an adult with my own kids.
When public schools are successful they benefit the whole community. Property values rise in a good public school system which benefits all property owners. The local economy benefits from having well educated students as well. These students will end up being future doctors, dentists, nurses, mechanics, electricians, therapists, counselors, legislators, etc.
Students who have after school activities through sports, performing arts, 4-H clubs are typically better students in school and in the community. Being involved in extracurricular activities usually means these students are active in doing service in their community. We have groups of students visit senior centers, hold food drives for the Food Bank of Delaware, volunteer at soup kitchens, do community clean-up activities, etc.
We have several Christina School District graduates who are not legislators in Delaware, including Senator Bryan Townsend. He graduated from Glasgow High School and is a friend of my families. He and other elected officials directly impact all Delawareans, including senior citizens, by advocating for us and doing their best to insure that Delaware is a great place to live.
In addition, homeowners age 65 or over are eligible for a tax credit against regular school property taxes of 50 percent (up to $500).
You can get more information about the tax credit and about how a senior citizen can apply for this credit at these links:
FAQS: Senior School Property Tax Credit
Application: Senior School Property Tax Credit (Due April 30)
I hope this answer was helpful to you and I appreciate your time.
Sincerely, Christy Mannering