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Letter: Vote Yes! to support Carmel schools

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Editor,

If you asked 100 people why they moved to Carmel, I would bet that nearly all – if not all – would list Carmel’s phenomenal schools as one of the top three reasons. Either because they have a child in the school system, because they see the positive impact a great school district has on their property value, or because they understand the impact a great school system has on business recruitment/economic development.

Which is exactly why we, as a community, need to pull together and vote YES! for our school district’s replacement referendum vote May 2.  This is not a new tax. It is a replacement referendum; we are keeping up what we’re already doing.

The education tax will remain flat at .83.

In 2009, when the legislature changed its funding formula for public education, Carmel was left as the second-lowest funded district in the state. Second lowest. This move by the legislature has forced many school districts throughout the state to pass referendums every seven years to help cover costs.

In 2010, Carmel residents passed an Operational Referendum for our schools. This referendum is coming due, so we need to vote YES! May 2 to keep this money in place.  If the referendum doesn’t pass, the district will have to eliminate 260 positions as well as academic programs that aren’t required for graduation. That means larger class sizes and fewer academic options for our students.

This is actually a special election, so there will be nothing else on the ballot May 2.  If we don’t go vote YES! for this replacement referendum, it won’t pass.

We need to get out and vote YES! May 2.  There’s too much at stake for this not to pass.

Please go to carmelschoolsyes.com for more information.

Toby Stark, Carmel


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