Referendums for Noblesville, Speedway, Hamilton Southeastern schools pass

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Hoosier voters made some big decisions for Indiana Tuesday. Among them were referendums on which school systems should be given more money for education.

For Hamilton Southeastern Schools, a referendum affecting almost 21,000 students passed. The tax levy on the ballot renews an expiring referendum that gives about $7 million to the district and start a new one worth almost $10 million.

The school system will reportedly be able to hire 43 new teachers and reduce class sizes.

In Speedway, a referendum to fund schools passed with overwhelming support. The measure extends the current rate of 50 cents for each $100 of a home’s assessed value, according to our partners at the Indianapolis Star.

A Noblesville referendum also passed. IndyStar reports the referendum that actually led to a lower tax rate. Taxpayers will pay 18.9 cents per $100 of assessed value compared to the current 21 cents. Without the money, the school system would have to cut 150 staff members.