Date of Referendum: March 31, 2020

  • On March 31, 2020, Cape Henlopen School District will hold an operating expense referendum to propose a new tax rate as a way to generate local revenue. The revenue generated from the approved tax increase will help the District address expenditures due to the increasing enrollment. Enrollment issues continue to be the main reason more funds are needed. In addition to enrollment issues, the District has also only had moderate revenue increases and has also seen a reduction in state funding equalling $3.6 million over the last three years. Cape Henlopen School District enrollment has grown from 4,150 students in 2001 to 5,861 students as of January 2020 and population studies show that the enrollment will continue to increase significantly over the next 20 years. 

    The polls for the referendum will open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.  District residents who are U.S. Citizens at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote at the following polling places:  Cape Henlopen High School, Mariner Middle School, and Rehoboth Elementary School. 

    If you would like to schedule a referendum presentation for your group or organization or would like additional information, please contact Communications Coordinator, Stephanie DeMalto at