HAMILTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Hamilton Community Schools will have a new operating referendum.
The referendum unoffically passed Tuesday night 70 to 30 percent.
The district is asking for a property tax rate that won't be more than $0.44 per $100 of assessed value.
That's the same rate voters approved eight years ago, but it expires at the end of the year.
Superintendent Tony Cassel said if the referendum fails, Hamilton Community Schools will close in May.
"It's sad. Last year the community didn't support didn't support it," said Linda Kintz who supports the referendum.
The school board tried a much higher referendum last year, but voters rejected it.
Parents who are voting "No" tell FOX 55 they pulled their kids from Hamilton because the school is simply too small.
Cassel said 300 students are enrolled in the district, and he's expecting more.
"We feel pretty confident we've stopped that departure of students. We've actually grown a little bit. We're projecting some growth in the future," said Cassel.
Cassel said he's optimistic the referendum will passed because he was able to make cuts to keep the same tax rate.
"Not filled some potitions. We had some administrators leave and we didn't fill those positions so that allowed us to bring that rate back down," he said.
If the referendum does fail, Hamilton Community Schools has enough cash to stay open through May.