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Referendum Passes, School Officials Cautiously Optimistic

The Monroe County Community School Corporation’s long effort to pass proposition two … a referendum which would allow the district to levy additional property taxes to cover recent budget shortfalls … has now ended. However, plans for the future are already being put into place.

After months of campaigning, Monroe County Community School Corporation officials are relieved with the results. The long-sought referendum, known as Proposition Two, passed with 61 percent of voters in favor of the measure. MCCSC Superintendent Dr. J.T. Coopman is thankful for the community support.

"We said from the beginning that the community was the one that was going to have to support and carry this campaign," said Coopman. "We feel like from the polling results that we are seeing right now that the community has spoken."

In spite of the positive results, school officials such as school board president Jeannine Butler, remain cautiously optimistic about what the future holds.

"I hope that…we are able to bring some teachers back, that we are able to lower our class sizes, that we are able to put in some of the programs that we've cut," said Butler.

The new tax will allow for an additional levy of fourteen cents per one hundred dollars in assessed property value. The measure could generate as much as seven point five million dollars for the district over the next six years.

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