School Referenda Up for Vote Explained (WFYI)

By Andrew Pillow

A school referenda is an opportunity for people to vote via ballot to raise their property taxes in order to help schools fund new initiatives.

Several school referenda are on the upcoming ballot.  WFYI has run down of several of the referenda up for vote this November.

Construction Referenda:
MSD of Washington Township
  • Purpose: Renovate14 district schools.
  • Prjoect cost: $185 million
  • Rate: Up to $0.2828 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $100 per year.
New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation
  • Purpose: Construct two new school buildings and renovate seven existing schools.
  • Project cost: $87 million
  • Rate: Up to $0.21 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $75 per year.
School City of Mishawaka
  • Purpose: Renovations, restorations and upgrades at 11 district buildings.
  • Project cost: $13 million
  • Rate: Up to $0.16 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $60 per year.
School Tax Levy Referenda:
Clinton Central School Corporation
  • Purpose: Fund and maintain current educational program, class sizes and employees.
  • Referenda length: 7 years following the vote
  • Rate: Up to $0.15 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $55 per year.
Gary Community Schools
  • Purpose: To fund teaching positions, staff positions and education programming.
  • Referenda length: 7 years
  • Rate: Up to $0.475 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $170 per year.
MSD of Washington Township
  • Purpose: Maintain academic staff and programs, and fund operating costs of new school facilities.
  • Referenda length: 7 years
  • Rate: Up to $0.11 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $40 per year.
Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Purpose: To maintain funding for teachers, resources and educational programs. The rate was originally approved by voters during a 2010 referendum.
  • Referenda length: 6 years
  • Rate: Up to $0.115 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $40 per year.
Northeast Dubois County School Corporation
  • Purpose: To fund courses required for graduation, class sizes, extracurricular activities and employees.
  • Referenda length: 7 years
  • Rate: Up to $0.18 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $65 per year.
School City of Mishawaka
  • Purpose: Fund new technology hardware and software, implement new educational programs, adjust class sizes, raise employee compensation.
  • Referenda length: 7 years
  • Rate: Up to $0.2434 per $100 of assessed value. For a home valued at $100,000, about $90 per year.


Read more about the referenda and the property tax here. (WFYI)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.