Column: Past votes on school taxes provide guide for future

In the election this May, Indiana school districts proposed seven tax and building referenda. Five passed. Tax referenda ask voters to approve property taxes for general purposes. Capital projects referenda ask for added taxes to pay for new construction.

There have been 88 referenda since November 2008. That was the first election after Indiana’s big property tax reform. The reform required referenda for school building projects and changed school finance in ways that also may have encouraged more tax referenda. Forty-two, or 48 percent, of those 88 referenda have passed. You can see them on the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy’s Database of Indiana School District Referenda at

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