(Nov. 8, 2019) Worcester County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic updated Ocean City leaders Monday about the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education’s funding formula, which has left Worcester County in a financial pickle, once again.
“The county will be required to fund their share of each of these new programs,” Mitrecic said. “The new provision would have the state fully fund the programs in all counties, except the state’s wealthiest counties, where Worcester ranks number two.”
Colloquially known as the Kirwan Commission, the group, headed by Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, released a preliminary funding report on Oct. 15 that details how future education funding would be broken down between the state and local governments.
Mitrecic said the commission’s wealth calculation is based on property tax base and income tax totals, which puts Worcester County on the top of its list with a resort-generated base of almost $16 billion.
This skews funding allocation, and leaves Worcester County carrying the major financial load by itself, despite 42 percent of children in the county living under the poverty line.