Sunday, November 22, 2009

Indiana School Referendums giving voters a say

Lawmakers in 2008 went to a referendum process for most construction projects when property tax increases are at stake. It already existed for operational increases though it was used rarely.

Both types of referendums, when approved, are kept outside any calculation of property tax caps. This means homeowners and other property taxpayers have to pay for the projects even if they have reached the established limits on property taxes.

"I think people are showing a lot of common sense," Daniels said. "If somebody makes a good case locally for more spending or more taxes to pay for it, Hoosiers are showing they are willing to go for that.

"If you can’t make the case, they’re turning it down, sending people back to the drawing board."