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Perry Township referendums pass, others fail

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Voters in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township passed two referendums for increased school funding Tuesday night, but similar referendums in Franklin Township and Avon failed.

In Perry Township, unofficial results showed 57 percent of voters approving a property-tax increase of 30 cents per each $100 of assessed valuations over the next seven years to boost the school district's operating budget by $10 million. About 59 percent of voters voted to approve bonds for up to $50 million in facilities improvements.

The increases are expected to boost property taxes in the Perry Township district by $19.73 per month for a median-priced home of $131,500 starting in 2012.

Franklin Township's referendum would have added a 75-cent property-tax increase per $100 in assessed value in order to raise $13 million for the school system. That would have averaged out to $38.14 per month for the average $143,500 home. About 64 percent of voters rejected the increase.

Franklin Township administrators said prior to the vote that dozens of positions and numerous programs would be cut if the referendum failed.

In Hendricks County, Avon Community School Corp.'s referendum would have added a 17-cent tax increase per $100 in property value to raise about $3.5 million. That would have averaged out to an additional $13.89 per month for the average $200,000 home. About 63 percent of voters turned down the increase.

Avon school officials had said they would have to cut about 40 positions as well as several programs without the additional funding.
 

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  • Good!
    I live in one of the lowest-taxed neighborhoods in Franklin Township and my property taxes would have gone up over $50 a month - I can't imagine what people in other additions would have paid! I am all for supporting education, but I find the outrageous response by FT to be more than telling about where their priorities lie. How about cutting a couple athletic programs, like gymnastics or freshman football, or combine some elementaries and staffs - Thompson Crossing Elem. and Arlington Elem., for example, are within 3 miles of each other and are both half-empty! Instead they'd rather further inconvenience families so they can squeeze votes out of them for next year. The over-spending, agressive, pompous school systems in Indy are just one of the reasons my family plans to move back to Northern Indiana before my child is school age!
  • Response to: Sorry?
    Response to John: I am not saying that we should feel sorry for anyone, but putting Avon in the same bucket as FC is way off. I do not see Avon's sports facilities as lavish at all. Go visit both football facilities and FC feels like a university and Avon seems appropriate for a HS.
  • Sorry?
    It is hard to feel sorry for Avon and Franklin Twp. They spent lavishly on sports facilities and now can't pay the more important teacher salaries. That's poor leadership.
    • Overwhelming
      Try writing the story. Overwhelming? When you have 1800 MSDPT employees and their families and of course their non property tax paying 18 and 19 year old Senior students voting yes that decided it.
      This School Board is nothing more than an extension of the PEA Teachers union. They instilled the teacher puppet master Super and it's status quo.

      Here is what is wrong in America... when 51% can inflict their will and make the other 49% pay for everything they want from free books, to free lunches and even for inept crony professional teaching staff and administration with no consequences the result will be catastrophic in this country.
      Nice when the default position is tenure after 5 years and no consequences.
      That is the only thing "Overwhelming"!
    • overwhelmingly?
      57 and 59 percent is hardly overwhelming. poor choice of words. those numbers are certainly not representative of a sound victory. the yays got just slightly more than half. that means that it almost failed.

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