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Monroe County School Funding Referendum Passes

In spite of some last minute opposition, a Monroe County Community School Corporation referendum designed to increase property tax revenues to help cover budget shortfalls has found voter support.  While supporters spent Tuesday on the phones and at polling sites… opponents made sporadic appearances throughout Bloomington and Monroe County.

MCCSC School Board President Jeannine Butler says she was confident the measure would pass… adding she was able to relax a little when early returns showed strong support.

"I believe that this community will support this school system," said Butler, "and so I firmly believe that in the end we’ll come out ahead.”

Superintendent J.T. Coopman echoed that sentiment, pointing to a strong volunteer base as the biggest cause of the victory.

“Without the grassroots effort this campaign would not have been successful.”  said Coopman

While there were some vocal opponents…  including defeated Indiana House District 60-candidate Steve Hogan…  no organized opposition to Public Question Number 2 ever materialized. With the measure’s passage, the MCCSC School Board is now empowered to levy an additional 14-cents per 100-dollars in assessed property value.  The measure could generate as much as 7.5 million dollars in revenue for the district over the next 6-years.  The funds have already been included in the district’s advertised budget.  About 60% of voters cast ballots in favor of the measure Tuesday.

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