Noblesville says ‘yes’ to school referendum

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A majority of voters in Noblesville Township have passed the $50 million Noblesville Schools referendum that will increase funding for safety changes and teacher salaries district-wide.

For the next eight years, property owners in the school district will pay more on their property taxes to fund these two initiatives. The increase will give the school district approximately $6.25 million each of the eight years. The rate these property owners pay will increase 18.1 cents per every $100 of a home’s net assessed value, as this referendum replaces the 2016 referendum that had a rate of 18.9 cents with a new rate of 37 cents.

The referendum question received 13,868 yes votes (58.03 percent) and 10,030 no votes (41.97 percent).

The district released the following statement after a majority of voters chose to pass the referendum:

“On behalf of all our employees, I want to enthusiastically thank the community for supporting the operating referendum for Noblesville Schools. The measure in favor of Noblesville Schools passed by a margin of (58) percent. This additional referendum funding will allow us to retain and recruit high-quality staff, enhance mental health services to students, and increase safety staff and equipment.  We take the role of managing this funding seriously and are committed to making responsible financial decisions that are aligned with our interests of providing students the best education experience possible in safe and supportive environments. Thank you also to those who actively supported the Miller YES campaign. There were more than 60 community meetings hosted, over 8,000 campaign calls made, generous donations given, yard signs proudly displayed, a website developed, frequent social media activity and more. For all this, we owe a debt of gratitude to our political action committee leadership, volunteers and community supporters. We appreciate the community for entrusting us with their support and look forward to the work we have ahead of us educating the future of Noblesville.”

Since late spring and early summer, the district has pushed the importance of receiving the additional funding that will have a 53-/47-percent split for safety enhancements, staff and programs and teacher pay increases, respectively.

To read more of Current’s reporting on the referendum, visit youarecurrent.com.

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