Michigan City School Tax Increase Voted Down

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November 5, 2013 — Voters in LaPorte and Porter Counties have rejected a request to increase taxes to benefit local schools.

A special election was held today with just one question on the ballot.  Voters were asked if they would agree to raise property taxes by 17 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation in order to benefit the Michigan City area schools.

Residents in portions of Porter County were eligible to vote because one school, Pine Elementary, sits on the county line between Porter and LaPorte Counties.

The measure failed by just less than 900 votes, with 43% of voters in favor of the tax and 57% opposed to the increase.

According to Michigan City School Board member Beryle Burgwald, without the additional funds cuts for next year will be substantial.



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