TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A lot is at stake for Vigo County residents this election season.
Two referendums were placed on the municipal election ballot that not only affects city residents, but those outside city limits as well.
Voters decide on casino
All registered voters in Vigo County will have a say in whether or not a casino should come to the area.
In April, Indiana lawmakers passed legislation that would allow a Gary casino license to be moved to Vigo County, but only if residents voted for it to happen.
The wording on the ballot is simple: “Should an inland casino be permitted in Vigo County?”
If the majority of residents vote “yes,” plans for a casino will continue.
Those supporting the venture say it could bring millions in revenue to the county. While those opposed fear it will lead to gambling addiction and increased bankruptcies for residents.
Spectacle Entertainment has already signed a letter of intent with Hard Rock Casino to franchise the Terre Haute casino that the corporation is interested in establishing.
VCSC asks for tax increase to fix budget deficit
The Vigo County School Corporation is asking for a tax increase to help fix a budget deficit.
Superintendent Rob Haworth blamed much of the deficit on declining enrollment.
The Question on the ballot will read “For the eight (8) years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall Vigo County School Corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed sixteen and twenty-two hundredths cents ($0.1622) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in the addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding safe transportation of students, to maintain safe and secure schools, reduce class sizes and attract and retain the very best teachers and staff for our children.”
Voting “yes” would mean a property tax increase of approximately $3.61 a month for the average property owner in Vigo County.
The school administration proposed $5 million in budget cuts to help bridge the gap even if the referendum passes. If residents vote “no” to the tax increase, additional cuts would be likely.
Washington Community Schools seeks tax increase to fund new school
Vigo County residents aren’t the only voters in the Wabash Valley faced with a school referendum.
Washington voters will decide if their property taxes should increase to help fund a new middle school.
The Washington Community Schools Website offers a property tax calculator to determine how much the referendum would cost each individual homeowner.
For a home worth $98,900, the tax increase would amount to approximately $12.89 per month.
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