Unofficial results


For authority to levy additional taxes
Building For additional tax Against additional tax
Total 6,770 6,625
Bancroft Elementary School 189 42
Bayard Middle School 61 60
Bear Library 137 257
Brader Elementary School 244 251
Brookside Elementary School 192 265
Carvel State Office Building 27 38
Christiana High School 299 408
Downes Elementary School 813 558
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School 51 12
First Presbyterian Church 138 109
Gallaher Elementary School 164 213
Gauger-Cobbs Middle School 149 197
Glasgow High School 307 351
Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club 72 36
Jones (Albert) Elementary School 215 224
Keene Elementary School 241 319
Kirk Middle School 334 245
Leasure Elementary School 168 133
Maclary (R. Elisabeth) Elementary School 344 350
Marshall (Thurgood) Elementary School 381 333
McVey Elementary School 402 451
Newark Free Library 181 161
Newark High School 382 143
Oberle Elementary School 111 161
Pulaski Elementary School 38 29
Quaker Hill Place Apartments 16 20
Shue-Medill Middle School 276 506
Stubbs Elementary School 109 18
West Park Place Elementary School 310 182
Wilson (Etta J.) Elementary School 392 479
Absentee 27 74

The Blue show BIG wins for proper taxation;  the Red show BIG wins for too low taxes.  Just skimming without the aid of a calculator, one would think the NO’s won.  But they didn’t. The Blues did. Their big wins came from very few polls: Bancroft, Downes, Kirk, Marshall, Newark High, and West Park…  Of these, Downes, Newark High, and West Park are all centered around college areas of Newark, (areas whose residents work at the University), leaving Bancroft (downtown Wilmington) and Marshall (Rt 40 Area) and Kirk (East Newark on Rt 4) as the other big wins. These I would guess came about because of local school pushes, since neighboring schools all had votes going the other way.

Big wins for the Reds occurred in Bear Library, Brookside, Christiana High, Gallaher, Gauger-Cobbs, Glasgow High, Keene, McVey, Oberle, Shue-Medill, Wilson and the absentees…..

These would be magnets where those unfamiliar with the school system would go vote. Bear Library, Christina High, Glasgow High, Shue-Medill. Obviously if you wanted to vote against the referendum, you wouldn’t show up at your local school where you might bump into your neighbors on your street; instead you’d go to a generic place. One that was a landmark.

The others, Brookside, Gallaher, Gauger-Cobbs, Keene, McVey, Oberle, and Wilson, are all in mostly white suburban areas, often consisting of older housing built pre 1974, These neighborhoods which were once beautiful but to drive through them now, appear rundown. Their owners are not making enough to cover the upkeep of their houses. We would probably call them lower to middle class. These polling places are hard to find, and only the locals would know how to find them, and so they are indicative of the local trend in their area, which was to vote “no”.

Other polling places which all tended to be in areas where the developments are less than 25 years old, and often priced at over the $200,000 dollar range, were closely evenly split….

Which does not bode well for the economics of Delaware.. We are showing the signs of  the Rust Belt.

We have similarities.  We lost GM and Chrysler.  We lost all 4 local banks.  We lost Dupont. We lost the Steel Mill.  And we are not building like we once did; we lost construction.

We are very much a Rust Belt state, at least in the North…With no new income coming in, we have to hold on tight to what little we got.  As one gazed on lines at the polls one could right or wrong, use profiling techniques to pick out who was “for” and “against”. And it certainly looked like the “againsts” were out in force.

To have so many vote against investing in their district’s children was sad to see.  My contingent could not believe it.  “How can anyone vote to ruin children” they questioned.  “What are these people, animals who eat their young?”  Well, with the totals in front of us, we can see that like education itself, everything is economically driven… if you want positive outcomes for referendums, you had better fix the economic situation underlying all, first.

You can’t expect a positive outcome when you have people living below the means they need to survive…

This needs changed…