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Brownsburg voters reject tax increases for new school, referendums in Marion Co. pass

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(May 5, 2015)– Voters in Brownsburg voted down two referendums during Tuesday’s primary elections.

A $95 million referendum to renovate the high school and build a new elementary school was rejected, along with a $1 million referendum that would have gone to staffing the elementary school.

Three school districts in Marion County — Perry Township, Beech Grove and Wayne Township — passed referendums. Our partners at the IndyStar have more information about the tax increases:

Beech Grove City Schools

Voters were asked to continue a property tax hike of 35 cents per every $100 of assessed property tax value, which amounts to about $1.4 million a year, for seven years. This will help pay for school transportation costs.

Updates to school heating and cooling systems that are projected to cost $8.8 million also passed. The proposal also will update band and choir facilities at the high school, and impose a tax increase of 15 cents per every $100 of assessed property value.

Perry Township Schools

Taxpayers approved the district’s proposed $3 million tax hike — a 42-cent increase for every $100 of property valuation over seven years to offset transportation costs.

Voters also voted in favor of a $50 million referendum to construct 89 new classrooms for elementary students. The district is currently using 26 trailers for student instruction and anticipated that number increasing to 40 next year.

Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township

Voters approved a tax increase of 35 cents per $100 of property valuation to fund the day-to-day operations of schools. The referendum, lasting seven years, would help offset a $17 million loss the district faces annually because of property tax caps.

The measure is expected to generate $9.5 million a year.

See the full list of primary results here.