School Bus Funding Referendum In Muncie

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

November 3, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (21Alive) - Muncie voters will have a referendum during Tuesday's election on whether or not to raise property taxes in order to fund the school's bus service.

Muncie Community Schools is requesting an increase up to 39 cents for every $100 of assessed property value to pay for bus service. The actual amount will be 19 cents for every $100.

The question on the ballot will read:

"For the seven calendar years immediately following the hold of the referendum, shall the Muncie Community Schools impose a property tax rate that does not exceed 39.39 ($0.3939) cents on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property tax levies imposed by the Muncie Community Schools."

"It's so important we provide safety to our youngsters," Muncie Community Schools superintendent Tim Heller says in a district informational video on the referendum. "I don't think the amount of revenue is so significant to each household that couldn't swing that."

If the referendum does not pass, Muncie Community Schools officials say school buses may not operate after the 2013-2014 school year.

District officials say the Delaware County Election Board estimates the special election will cost $30,000 to $40,000 to run. Muncie Community Schools will foot the election costs bill, district officials say.

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