Voters to decide on Hamilton Community Schools referendum

Signs are up all across Hamilton supporting ... and opposing the school's operating referendum.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 10:34 AM

HAMILTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Voters in DeKalb and Steuben counties will decide the future of a local school Tuesday. Hamilton Community Schools is asking voters to approve a 71 cent referendum to replace the current 44 cent one.

Signs are up all across Hamilton supporting ... and opposing the school's operating referendum. And that is a likely possibility if the referendum fails Tuesday.

Marilyn Presley was the first class to graduate from this building and has grandchildren attending the school.

Superintendent Tony Cassel says right now there are about 290 students attending the K-12 school. He adds more than 100 kids live in the district but go to other schools. However many people tell FOX 55 News off camera the 71 cent on every $100 of assessed value is too much.

Cassel says that would be the maximum. Instead the tax will only be what they need. If voters turn down the referendum the school board then will decide what's next, which could be closing the school.

The district has enough cash to get through next school year.

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