Vigo County host second meeting over proposed referendum

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The Vigo County School Corporation held its second meeting Monday night so the public could say what they think about the Vigo County School Corporations’ intended 7-million-dollar referendum.  

This is a possible schedule of a capital referendum that could be presented to the residents of Vigo County.  

The school corporation released a timeline to show what two potential tax referendums would go toward. 

The first we could see on the November ballot would address teacher staffing, security and transportation. 

“Regardless of buildings in the future if we do not have qualified staff in those buildings, we really don’t need buildings,” Vigo County Superintendent Dr. Robert Haworth said. “So, our first approach is let’s take care of our staffing issues and see what our community has to say about that in a November election.”  

The second we could see in May 2021; it would assist new school buildings and renovation. 

Superintendent Robert Haworth addressed the current state of the Vigo County School Corporation during the second meeting on the proposed property tax referendum. 

Vigo County School Corporation’s cash balance has declined for the past three years 

Some were upset over a potential referendum that would add an additional tax on top of what they’ve already been taxed in the community. Others believe something needs to be done to help. 

“We have to do something, we have to appeal to the public and I know that now everybody wants money,” Vigo County resident and former teacher Julia Bonham said. “Money for a jail, money for a convention center, there’s other things coming up. It all came together at once at a bad time.”  

Either way residents and school officials agree, we need to see some sort of solution. 

“I think it’s time that we really push the people in the general assembly and the governor to do something,” Bonham said. “They are starving public education, little by little. I don’t think we can wait anymore. We’ve got to do something now.”  

The bond steering committee will be held tomorrow night to discuss the corporation’s bonds and will then report back to the board July 8th.  

The next referendum meetings will be July 3rd and July 22nd. The school also plans to hold more meeting at local schools when school starts this fall.  

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