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    School referendum language is ‘a lot misleading’

    Posted on August 3, 2022 by stevehinnefeld in School Matters

    When I go to the polls this November, I will vote in a school funding referendum that – according to the language that appears on the ballot – will increase my property taxes for schools by 35%.

    That would be a hefty increase if it were accurate, but it’s not. Not by a long shot.

    The actual increase – the difference between the property tax rate that I now pay to the Monroe County Community School Corp. and the rate I will pay next year if the referendum passes – is about 15%.

    But a 35% increase is what MCCSC officials have to advertise under legislation approved in 2021, and an interpretation of that law by the Department of Local Government Finance. Voters are getting misleading information, and school funding referendums could be harder to pass as a result. Read the full article here.


    News Release
    June 28

    Monroe County Community School Corporation to Hold Fall Referendum
    State funding doesn’t keep pace with inflation, local funds to bridge gap

    (Bloomington, IN.) – At its June 28 meeting, the Board of School Trustees for Monroe County Community School Corporation unanimously approved a referendum tax levy resolution to renew and increase the current operating levy in the November 8, 2022 general election. The resolution sets the final referendum ballot question and authorizes the Superintendent to send the resolution to the Department of Local Government Finance to be placed on the ballot as a referendum question.

    “Throughout the process of community engagement this winter and spring, and public meetings with the board, we have received very positive feedback from community members that the operating levy is essential to our operations and to the continued success of our students,” said Superintendent, Dr. Hauswald. Read more here.


    How does the MCCSC plan to use referendum funds, and how much would it cost taxpayers?
    The Herald-Times

    May 12, 2022

    Although the Monroe County Community School Corp. won’t know until June 13 whether a referendum will be on the November ballot, the administration is already meeting with community stakeholders to garner support. 

    https://www.heraldtimesonline.com/story/news/education/2022/05/12/monroe-county-community-school-corp-mccsc-2022-referendum-spending-plan-details/9734306002/

    *this article is linked to the Herald Times website which is only accessible by paid subscription.


    The MCCSC needs another referendum if it doesn't want to make cuts. How might it be done?
    The Herald-Times

    April 15, 2022

    If voters in the Monroe County Community School Corp. district don’t approve another referendum this year, without some serious cutbacks the district's finances will be in the red within two years.

    https://www.heraldtimesonline.com/story/news/education/2022/04/15/monroe-county-community-school-2022-referendum/7287021001/ 

    *this article is linked to the Herald Times website which is only accessible by paid subscription.


    PRESS RELEASE
    Date: April 13, 2022
    Monroe County Community School Corporation Considering Fall Referendum

    (Bloomington, IN.) – The 2016 voter approved operating levy for Monroe County Community School Corporation is set to expire at the end of 2022. Over the last year or so, the Board of School Trustees and district administration have been reviewing options to address the funding shortfall from the expiring 2016 referendum.

    “The Board is likely to support seeking voter approval of another operating levy,” said Brandon Shurr, President of the MCCSC Board of School Trustees. The question is, how much revenue is required to fund our priorities, and what can our community support?”

    https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://www.mccsc.edu//cms/lib/IN01906545/Centricity/Domain/4/Media+Release+Referendum+4.13.22.pdf