Sunday, March 30, 2003

EVSC referendum on hold

The referendum reads:

"For the calendar year immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the school corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed twenty-two cents ($.22) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation for a term of seven (7) years and that is in addition to the school corporation's normal tax rate?"

Judge Kiely says the wording is "confusing and misleading". That's because the first part of the question says "for the calendar year immediately following the holding of the referendum", then at the end of the sentence it says "for the term of seven years."

The two plaintiffs, Andy Easly and Bill Wiist, say they're thrilled with the judge's decision. Wiist says, "I think it gives the voters of Evansville the opportunity to read the language properly, have time to see what their tax bills are actually gonna' be, and then they can vote 'yes' or 'no' based on that information. I always did think they had inadequate information. Of course I'm thrilled to death that we won one out of three, which was enough."(full text)

So the referendum will most likely be reworded and resubmitted at a later date.

That's ridiculous. Even though I don't attend a EVSC-run school currently, I don't see why the community should be against more money for education. An Evansvillian wrote in the Evansville Courier and Press Opinions section that he would vote against the referendum because "Gas has risen 20 cents. Heating has nearly doubled. The overall economy is going down[that was not exact quoting]." My question is, don't these rising costs affect our schools as well?

More on the referendum later.


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