Saturday, September 14, 2013

Star-Press Reports Muncie's Referendum to Focus on School Transportation

From the Muncie Star-Press:

Earlier this week, Muncie Community Schools scaled back its $6.5 million referendum to $3.3 million.

District officials decided to focus solely on transportation because without it, MCS Supt. Tim Heller said, the buses will not run for the 2014-15 school year.

And if you are wondering whether school districts can do that, the answer is yes. The district does not have to state, in the referendum question, where the money will go.

The vote is set for Nov. 5.

In an early breakdown of the referendum fund allocation, Internet services, security upgrades and building repairs were also listed.


The actual wording on the ballot will be: “For the seven calendar years immediately following the hold of the referendum, shall the Muncie Community Schools impose a property tax rate that does not exceed 39.39 ($0.3939) cents on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property tax levies imposed by the Muncie Community Schools.”
This question is similar to all others that have been presented by districts across the state in recent years, with changes only in the amount of the tax rate.

Michigan City Schools, for example, is also having a referendum vote on Nov. 5, proposing a 17-cent tax rate increase. That district is asking for help with its general fund to pay for salaries, utilities and supplies.