EACS Passes Tax Increase Referendum

By John W. Davis

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 14, 2010 at 12:27 AM EDT

New Haven, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The East Allen County School Board passed a resolution Tuesday night asking for a tax increase on the general November election ballot.

The district is trying to raise revenue to pay teachers, and deal with education cuts sent down by the state.

At its maximum, the levy would raise up to eight million dollars.

However, the referendum would not going into effect until 2012 because it would not be applied until 2011.

To illustrate how much property owners might have to pay because of the tax referendum, we will use the example of a house that is worth $100,000 dollars.

The tax value of the aforementioned home would be assessed at $33,000 dollars.

10% of that $33,000 dollars would be the actual value that is taxable.

So when you multiple 37 cents on every $100 dollars of $3,300 dollars, the average increase on a $100,000 dollar home would be a little more than 100 dollars.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, several taxpayers voiced their opposition.

They said they did not want to enable the status quo in the East Allen County School district.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald also shared his feelings.

"That's like signing a blank check and I know none of you would do that," Mayor McDonald said.

Meanwhile, East Allen's Superintendent said the decision is about being proactive so the district will not have to make severe cuts in the future.

The referendum will be up for approval at Thursday's Allen County Council Meeting.

If it approved, East Allen County taxpayers will vote on the issue on November's general election ballot.

Meanwhile, this is not East Allen's only option for raising money, later this fall, the board will vote of five option district redesign options.

Any of those plans is expected to save between $7 and $9 million.

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