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Six Counties Consider Property Tax Hikes

Last updated on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

(UNDATED) - Tuesday is election day in parts of six counties, as voters decide whether to authorize property tax hikes.

The Knox, Noblesville and Hamilton Southeastern Schools are asking taxpayers to finance construction projects.

Citizens' groups have formed on both sides of the proposal to expand Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High Schools. Supporters say the 95-million-dollar project is needed to keep up with rapid population growth.

Steve Manka with the opposition group HSE Helpers argues with the sluggish economy, that growth might not continue.

HSE Superintendent Brian Smith says the expansion is needed to accommodate students already working their way through elementary and middle school.

Noblesville wants to expand its high school, allowing it to transform its freshman campus into a middle school. The vacated middle school would become a new Noblesville campus of Ivy Tech. Knox is seeking approval for 16-million dollars in renovations to its elementary school. Four school districts are asking taxpayers for help to make up for state budget cuts: Munster, Porter County's Boone and Union Township Schools, and Barr-Reeve.

In the lone non-school referendum, Vincennes is seeking money to renovate its municipal pool. School referenda have succeeded exactly half the time since the process began in 2009.

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