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Delaware's Cape Region TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 capegazette.com Another referendum for Cape? Board says outdated computers need update By Leah Hoenen leah@capegazette.com Voters in the Cape Henlopen School District could get still another chance to head to the polls this school year - this time for a referendum to use tax dollars al- ready being collected to support technolo- gy initiatives in the district. The board fast discussed the possibility at the Thursday, Nov. 13 board meeting, but it took no action. District Superintendent George Stone said, "In tough economic times, nobody is recommending going to referendum to raise tax- es." Instead, the district is proposing a referendum in which part of the taxes already being collected in the debt service ac- count would effectively be moved into the cur- rent operations account. George Stone The funds would be used for technolo- gy, energy costs and academic programs. Oliver Gumbs, director of business op- erations, said, "We have significant needs. Our technology is really outdated. With- out a referendum, we won't be able to pro- vide what we need for kids and teachers in the classrooms. That would be unfortu- nate, because we can do this without rais- ing anybody's taxes." The district has been collecting too much money in the debt-service account and must reduce it by a transfer referen- dum or by lowering taxes. Gumbs recom- mended transferring the funds to opera- tions to help the district upgrade technolo- gy. He said transferring 7 cents of the tax rate, charged per $100 ofassessed property Continued on page 8 Sussex West owner seeks to expand park County planners agree with neighbors: Density should be maintained By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com Sussex West developers are seeking an amendment of a conditional use to expand the manufactured home park. The request drew ire from some neigh- bors of the park for adults 55 years of age and older located off Minos Conaway Road near Lewes. They claim the additional lots would drastically change the park's density, which is out of character with the rest of the area. Planning and zoning commissioners agreed and voted to recommend denial of the request by developers Colonial East, Ltd. Those who spoke during a planning and zoning public hearing Thursday, Nov. 13, CoMinued on page 9 VET ON MISSION TO KEEP HISTORY ALIVE COMMUNITY EFFORT West Rehoboth comes together for cleanup P13 FROM GARDEN TO TABLE Unusual squash adds dimension - warts and all P22 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Academy of Arts and Sciences hosts high school fair 9 WILD DELAWARE Photographer Kevin Fleming presents his latest artwork P43 Classifieds 33 18 22 27 10 Sports & Outdoors, Weather/Tides Iice of liberty is eternal vilance."