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Voters in Indiana had mixed reaction towards school referendums

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May 5, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: As voters headed to the polls in Indiana on Tuesday for its statewide primary, sixteen different school referendums were decided across the Hoosier State which had mixed reaction from the voters.

Out of the sixteen referendums, eight were successful while eight were defeated across the state. Some referendums gained some notable attention as one school corporation felt that a passage of a ballot question could help their schools. One referendum that was contested in Clarksville, near the Kentucky-Indiana border, saw school officials campaigning intensely for its passage in order to save teaching positions. Despite the pleas from administrators, the voters defeated the proposal 55% to 45%. As a result of the defeat, the Clarksville Community School Corporation will have to cut $900,000 from its budget and potentially lay off instructors[1].

The other notable defeat was in Decatur County. Voters there defeated two public questions valued at close to $50 million in which the district campaigned for a bond issue to renovate school facilities throughout the district[2][3].

Out of the referendums that passed, the most significant victory was in the Indianapolis suburb of Noblesville. Voters approved two public questions that included a property tax increase to fund a $63 million dollar capital improvement project over ten years[4]. Other notable victories were in the Indianapolis suburbs of Speedway and Carmel[4] along with West Lafayette in which their voters strongly approved a tax increase referendum on a 70-30 margin[5].

The next school referendums in Indiana are scheduled for the November 2nd general election.

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