Voters approve tax hikes in three school districts

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –  It appears three local school districts will get the money they say they need to avoid millions of dollars in cuts.

Voters approved a tax referendum for Decatur Township Schools in Marion County, 64 percent to 36 percent.

The seven year referendum will generate about $27 million in tax revenue. For the average household, administrators say it will mean about seven dollars a month.

“We are grateful that the residents of Decatur Township decided to invest in our schools, our children and our community by approving this referendum,” said Dr. Prusiecki, Superintendent of the MSD of Decatur Township in a statement.  “We asked the community to choose between making drastic cuts to balance the budget, or approving this additional property tax. Today, Decatur Township residents have empowered us to continue providing the high quality education and services that we are proud to deliver and that this community deserves. We take this responsibility seriously and vow to be good stewards of this additional revenue.”

According to the Herald Times, voters approved a referendum for Eminence Schools in Morgan County, 87 percent to 13 percent.

In Hancock County, it appears a referendum for Mt. Vernon Schools passed by just ten votes. Administrators said the three year tax hike will cost homeowners, on average, $3.30 to $15 dollars a month. Voters had turned down a referendum for the district twice before.

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