On Jan. 29, 2018, the Avon School Corporation School Board announced its intent to put a school referendum on the May 8th ballot. The Board is seeking approval from the community to raise property taxes to reduce class sizes, provide funding to attract and retain teaching staff, and increase instructional support and opportunities for students.
What is a Referendum?
A referendum is a general vote by the electorate (eligible voters) on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
What are Property Tax Caps?
- Property Tax Caps are in the Indiana Constitution and “cap” property taxes at 1% for residential; 2% for apartments/farmland; and 3% for all other property including business. A successful referendum may result in property taxes that exceed property tax caps.
What’s the Role of Property Taxes?
- Most states require homeowners, business owners, and farmers (land owners) to pay property tax.
- These taxes are collected by local governments and are used to pay for local services and items such as:
- Gov. official salaries
- School general funds
- Police and fire protection
- Maintenance of local roads and parks