Voters in seven Indiana communities will go to the polls in May to decide whether they’ll raise their own property taxes to raise money for schools.
Four districts are asking voters for more operating dollars. The other three want voters’ help in funding construction or renovation projects.
Below is a full list of districts seeking to pass a referendum — and what they’re asking for.
According to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, here are the three districts asking voters to pass construction project referendums:
- Hamilton Southeastern Schools is asking voters to allow them to sell up to $95 million in bonds for improvements to both Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern high schools.
- Knox Community Schools in Starke County wants $16 million for a project to renovate and add on to their elementary school.
- Noblesville Schools in Hamilton County will seek $28 million in bonding authority for “construction of safety and security improvements to school facilities,” an addition for Noblesville High School and another building renovation project.
And here are the four districts seeking a “school tax levy referendum,” which would provide new general fund dollars for day-to-day operations:
- Bar-Reeve Community Schools, Davies County
- MSD Boone Township, Porter County
- School Town of Munster, Lake County
- Union Township Schools, Porter County
Voters in three districts considered referendums in the November 2012 elections. Voters in Bartholomew County Consolidated Schools and Mt. Vernon Community Schools rejected requests to raise their own property taxes, but an operating referendum in Hamilton Community Schools passed.