Superintendent Haworth proposes operational referendum to assist Vigo County Schools

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Since 2016, the Vigo County School Corporation has spent in the deficit.

To help solve the issue Superintendent Robert Haworth considered proposing a property tax to help the school corp., or cutting costs from within.

“We could do a operational referendum or we could do a combination of both,” Haworth said.

Haworth says the best option would include a combination of both budget reduction and an operational referendum.

This plan would mean $4 million in cuts to the schools’ operating cost and a $7 million operational referendum for health, wellness, transportation, and staffing.
    
“Help us, team with us, be with us, as we want to attract and retain new talent that’s coming out of our schools,” Haworth said.

According to a presentation given by Haworth this would mean property owners with a home value of $100,000 would pay around $53 more per year in property taxes.

Rick Grady, who has a granddaughter in Vigo County schools, says he understands the purpose of the tax.

“I understand if they need to raise taxes for that, as long as it can go to what my granddaughter would need in the future,” Grady said.

Grady also says a recent increase in taxes is what drove him out of Vigo County.

“At our stage in life we’re looking to decrease our taxes and we found out moving out of Vigo County into Clay County helped us on that,” Grady said.

Through Haworth’s proposed plan this tax would stay in place for eight years.
    
All property owners, renters, and those with a fixed income would contribute.

Haworth hopes to have this on the ballot in November.

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