The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees hopes they have better luck the second time around.
During a special meeting Wednesday night, Feb. 22, the board unanimously voted to put a referendum on the Tuesday, May 8, ballot that will ask voters to pay approximately $4.7 million annually for three years.
If the referendum passes in May, residents will pay a tax rate of 24.44 cents per $100 of assessed value. This is an increase from what taxpayers currently pay, which was $1.341 per $100 of assessed value, according to Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Scott Robison’s presentation.
Robison presented three options from which the board could choose, and the board felt the middle option was the best.
“We are really up against the wall now and need to pick an option that will pass,” Board Member Jim Longest said. “We can’t afford it not to pass. Option B puts us on the road to restoring our schools.”
Board member Jane Burgess agreed with Longest.
“Option B is the one I have looked at very seriously,” she said. “I like option C, but we need to be realistic. It is critical we find a pathway forward for excellence. Not passing a referendum concerns me greatly.”
Board member Shari Alexander Richey felt that option B was also the best choice.
“If I could write a check, option C makes things where folks want it,” she said. “We have got to support B because it has the best chance of passing. Getting a goose egg the second time at the plate is not an option.”
Board member Bill Stanczykiewicz said he would vote for option B but would personally prefer a different option.
“My personal preference would be a combination of A and B, an A plus if you will,” he said. “Generally an A plus is a good thing in school. I personally prefer a shorter time period that would line ourselves up with the state budget. That way, we would be able to sign two year agreements and not have to rely on assumptions.”