Assuming it passes, a referendum to improve facilities across the district for about $70 million for West Clark Community Schools would cost homeowners anywhere from $35.89 to $424.67 a year, starting in 2018.
West Clark is exploring a referendum to update facilities across the district, but the most dire need is at the Silver Creek schools. While enrollment increases mean more money in the district’s general fund, it also means more strain on how many students they can pack in a building.
Silver Creek High School is the biggest ticket item, whether the board decides to renovate or build a new facility. The current school is designed for 575 to 700 students. Its enrollment sits at about 900.
But in Indiana, referenda haven’t been the easiest idea to sell on taxpayers. Since 2009, less than half of referenda suggesting a boost in tax rate of more than 15 cents per $100 of assessed value have passed.
I do think Silver Creek High School needs an update and would vote in favor of a referendum. But in a previous article the board mentioned something I hadn't thought of when considering an expansion for students outside our district: their parents do not pay the property taxes needed to expand.
Just one more thing for our state legislators to consider when re-writing the funding equations, in my opinion.