Nearly A Dozen School Measures Up For Consideration

Posted on April 25th, 2018

(Illustration by Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

(Illustration by Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The first wave of 2018 school funding referenda are up for consideration in about two weeks. That means voters in several counties will have the power to approve or deny tax measures to make millions of dollars available for their local schools.

Purdue University economics professor Larry DeBoer says school funding referenda are usually more likely to pass in May, and the overall number of those winning voter approval has grown in recent years.

However, he also says schools asking voters to give them more money isn’t common statewide.

“It’s still the case that just a little bit more than one third of school corporations have ever tried a referenda. So, most school corporations have never tried,” he says.

Goshen and Anderson Community Schools are each asking voters to approve a property tax increase for both construction projects, and general school funding. DeBoer says if past trends are any indication, those districts will likely win both measures, or nothing.

“When you propose two, they either both pass or they both fail. It has never been the case that one has passed and one has failed,” he says.

Data from previous years show construction measures fail slightly more often than general school funding levies. But DeBoer says voter approval for school funding measures has increased in recent years, and they’re more likely to pass in spring elections compared to the fall.

There’s also a funding referendum unlike the rest included in this year’s set of spring measures. Hancock County is proposing a $55 million construction bond for jail renovation and construction. DeBoer says, that’s somewhat unusual.

“We haven’t seen very many non-school referenda – although counties, cities, and towns are subject to the same rules as Indiana schools are, as far as capital projects are concerned,” he says.

A total of 11 different school funding measures will be considered on election day, mostly by voters from counties in the northern half of the state; those include Madison, Elkhart, Allen, Lake, Marion, and Hendricks counties. After election day, Indiana voters will have seen 175 school funding referenda since 2008.

Below, you can see key details about the school measures up for consideration May 8th.

Construction Projects:

Alexandria Community School Corporation, Madison County
Property tax rate: $.50 per $100 assessed value
For: Renovation/construction at Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate, Jr./Sr. High

Anderson Community School Corporation, Madison County
Property tax rate: $.2055 per $100 of assessed value
For: Improvements, renovation, construction at several schools

Goshen Community Schools, Elkhart County
Property tax rate: $.3790 per $100 of assessed value
For: Goshen High/Middle Schools, new intermediate grade level building, and safety/security improvements at others

North West Allen County School Corporation, Allen County
Property tax rate: $.1275 per $100 of assessed value
For: Buying new property, building a new elementary school, technology and site improvements for existing schools

General School Levy:

Anderson Community School Corporation, Madison County
Property tax rate: $.1077 per $100 of assessed value
For: teacher retention and pay, class size, funding academic and support programs

Avon Community School Corporation, Hendricks County
Property tax rate: $.3536 per $100 of assessed value
For: reducing class size, funding and retention of teachers, more instructional support

Crown Point Community School Corporation, Lake County
Property tax rate: $.21 per $100 of assessed value (continued tax)
For: manage class size, teacher retention

Goshen Community Schools, Elkhart County
Property tax rate: $.26 per $100 of assessed value
For: manage class size, teacher retention

Lake Central School Corporation, Lake County
Property tax rate: $.17 per $100 of assessed value
For: manage class size, teacher retention

MSD of Warren Township, Marion County
Property tax rate: $.21 per $100 of assessed value
For: Transportation, teacher retention programs, professional development, tech programs, safety and security

Smith-Green Community School Corporation
Property tax rate: $.628 per $100 of assessed value
For: Student safety, transportation

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