Campaigns under way for Dorchester, Berkeley school referendums

They’ve been talking about the need for new schools for months, if not years, in Berkeley and Dorchester counties, and today officials are finally kicking off their campaigns.

Dorchester District 2 is asking voters Nov. 6 to approve $179.9 million to fund three new elementary schools, a new middle school of the arts and renovate 10 others. It would mean $85 increase in taxes on a $100,000 house. Berkeley is asking for $198 million for a new high school, a new middle school and three elementary schools. It also would include renovations for 29 schools.

The Nov. 6 referendum would mean a $40 tax increase on a $100,000 home starting in 2014, and an additional $40 starting in 2017, based on the county’s current tax base. It would go back down to $40 in 2023 and phase out by 2036.

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