Central Indiana school districts push for taxpayers to foot bills on November ballot

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Several central Indiana school districts hope taxpayers will help pay their bills, including a major campaign now underway in Monroe County.

Voters approved a school referendum for the Monroe County Community School District in 2010. It runs out in December, so the district is asking for a very similar referendum again.

"We’re asking for a few less dollars. We’re asking for $7.3 million and we’ve also decreased the tax rate," Superintendent Judy DeMuth said.

DeMuth said that's, on average, going from $97 per household per year, to about $86. You can calculate your exact tax rate at the link here.

DeMuth and supporters of the referendum gathered in downtown Bloomington to make a lot of noise and kick off a campaign called "Yes for MCCSC."

Speakers at the event included Mayor John Hamilton and several students from the district's schools.

"If we don’t have the schools right, this will not be a great community," Hamilton said.

"We do so many amazing things in my class, but my favorite things to do in school include art, PE, music, and (visiting the) library," a third grader said.

So far, the supporters of the referendum are most visible, with no clear opposition group yet emerging in Monroe County.

Washington Township in Indianapolis, Westfield Washington Schools, and Clinton County School Corporation are also asking taxpayers to approve referendums on the November ballot. To see a list of all Indiana districts asking for money, and get more information, visit the state's website at the link here.