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Hamilton County voters approve school referendums

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Hamilton County voters passed two referendums Tuesday that will effect the size of school classrooms and homeowner tax bills.

Noblesville residents passed a $28 million school referendum to expand Noblesville High School. More than 68 percent of those voting favored the measure.

Residents owning a home valued at $200,000 will see a tax increase of about $44 per year.

The measure would fund building renovations intended to accommodate a growing student body—and clear the way for Ivy Tech Community College to establish a regional campus in the Hamilton County seat.

Plans call for expanding Noblesville High School to make room for freshmen, who have been attending classes in a separate building. The current Freshman Campus then would become the new Noblesville East Middle School, replacing an aging facility the district says no longer meets its needs. But Ivy Tech sees potential in the 250,000-square-foot building, and plans are in place to open a community college campus there by fall 2014.

The biennial state budget lawmakers approved last month includes $12 million for Ivy Tech to pay for renovations at the current East Middle School. That funding was contingent on voters approving the referendum.

Elsewhere in Hamilton County, nearly 68 percent of voters approved a $95 million construction project to expand Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers high schools. Enrollment at both schools is expected to exceed capacity by the 2015-2016 academic year without the additions.

Once finished, the schools would be able to accommodate 1,000 more students each. The alternative, according to school officials, would have been to spend $125 million on a new, third high school.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools said the tax bill on a home valued at $195,000 would not see a tax increase, due to old debt coming off the books. A home valued at $230,000 or more would see an increase.

 

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  • i voted for it and so did everyone i
    know, so if you hang aroung negative like-minded friends you probably hang around each other for a reason. just saying..
  • How Many Voters
    It would be interesting to know how many total votes were cast for each referendum. It's seems fishy that 68% of the vote was for passage yet 100% of the people I know voted against it.
    • Thanks Fishers City Yes Folks!
      We can thank all of the City Yes for this passing! Nice job of letting Fishers have it one more time.
    • The real truth??
      This is not good policy for those of us who have no children or children in private schools. You can bet that this will not go down well when people realize how much their taxes are going up and that the protections do not apply to this change. Heads up!
    • Bonus
      HSE Superintendent will receive a $150k bonus for this passing What do teachers get? $0. Tony Bennett and Mitch Daniels have destroyed Indiana education with their policies. Good teachers will get out of the profession b/c of all the BS and young teachers will do the same when they understand all the crap for little pay.
    • Freedom Fighter
      I cannot believe these referendums passed when taxing homeowners over a certain amount. Taxing the rich has opened the door to a policy that leads to rampant corruption and unfair practices that our founding fathers tried very hard to prevent. There will be no equality while this continues.

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