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School Board Passes Budget Resolution; Discusses Referendum

Monroe County Community School Corporation funding officials say they will face no penalties from the state if an Election Day referendum proposal fails to pass. At its regular meeting last night, the MCCSC School Board unanimously passed resolutions approving both the 2011-2012-operating budgets and property tax rates. However, one of those rates is tied to a November 2nd referendum which requires the approval of Monroe County voters. District comptroller Tim Thrasher says if the referendum fails to pass, then the budget set up to absorb those items will simply report no income.

"No revenue would come in… the expenditure budget that the board adopted would not be approved by the Department of Local Government Finance." says Thrasher

Meanwhile, MCCSC school board members spent the night voicing their support for the referendum. Valerie Merriam is the only board member not running for reelection this year. She says she has been spending her days canvassing throughout the Bloomington community and manning the call center. For her, the few groups voicing their opposition to the referendum are not a major cause for concern.

A number of individuals and groups have openly opposed the passage of the referendum including the Bloomington Tea Party and District 60 State Representative candidate Steve Hogan. In a press release on Hogan's website, he says he believes school funding is an issue which needs to be resolved at the state level. He also points to the fact that businesses and rental properties do not benefit from homestead property tax credits. Most other organizations have questioned the connection between school funding and school performance.

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