Beech Grove school referendum passes, two others fail

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Voters in Beech Grove on Tuesday endorsed a tax increase to keep school buses operating, while other education-related measures in two Marion County townships failed.

Beech Grove voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum by an unofficial margin of 1,383-861, which translates to a 62-percent majority.

Strapped by the state’s new 1-percent property-tax cap, Beech Grove school officials asked voters in the referendum to forego the full tax cut in 2010 and instead let the schools use the money.

School officials said they would be forced to eliminate bus service if the referendum failed.

Franklin Township school administrators, however, were unsuccessful in their bid to get voters to not take the full tax cut.

Two items on the ballot that addressed the tax question failed by tallies of 4,930-2,192 (69 percent to 31 percent) and 4,395-2,240 (66 percent to 34 percent). School officials warned that defeats could force them to trim $9 million from the budget, likely by eliminating teaching positions and making cuts to the transportation budget.

In Perry Township, voters narrowly defeated a $98 million plan to renovate and expand facilities, by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. The unofficial vote was 4,025-3,851.

Under a new state law, school districts must put major building projects to a public referendum vote.

Also, on Nov. 10, residents in the Hamilton Southeastern School District also will go to the polls to vote on a tax increase to close a budget deficit.

The referendum would last seven years and increase property taxes for a house with an assessed value of $100,000 by about $11 per year.

The school district faces a $5.5 million budget deficit and has said it will cut 60 teaching positions and reduce academic programs and extracurricular activities without the increase.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.