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Manchester Community Schools referendum draws opposition

The district is asking voters to approve a $15.7 million referendum for many building improvements to increase security.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2018 8:34 PM
Updated: Oct. 31, 2018 11:09 PM

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) - Election signs are up across North Manchester supporting and opposing a referendum from Manchester Community Schools.

The district is asking voters to approve a $15.7 million referendum for many building improvements to increase security. Part of that plan includes a field house connecting the junior high to Manchester High School.

That's the part of the plan that is dividing the community. Some people say it will help attract more people to Wabash County, while others feel it is too much.

"Not only do they rent your facility, which helps to off set utility costs, and maintenance costs for the facility, they also spend money in your community," said Jim Smith, who supports the referendum.

"Our community is a small community. I'm just not sure we have the amenities something like that," said Lavaughna Lane, who opposes the referendum.

According to a calculator on the district's website, taxpayers could expect to pay an extra $70 a year on a home with assessed value of $100,000.

If voters reject the proposal, the district will go back to the drawing board.

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