IPS Leaders Reduce Referendum Ask from $200 to $52 Million


Three months ago, Indianapolis Public Schools made headlines by announcing their intention to ask taxpayers for $200 million. The potential referendum was met with skepticism and controversy. Today, IPS leaders are revising their initial request.

Indianapolis Public Schools’ leadership has now significantly reduced their request to only $52 million. The money would come from a property tax increase and the vote for that increase would be placed on the November ballot.

IPS Chief of Staff, Ahmed Young says the previous request was revised to be more affordable for taxpayers. This was done by cutting some of the priorities from the original $200 million ask.

“There were really difficult decisions that ultimately had to be made. We had to think about it from a holistic standpoint,” said Young.

The new top priorities of the referendum are school safety measures and renovations and facility upgrades. 

The chart below shows the total breakdown of the two main categories:


Considering the reduced ask and the national focus on school safety, this referendum looks to have a much better chance of passing than the previous one did.

To see a full breakdown of exactly what each school will receive click here.



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.