By Matt Werner
Zionsville voters said yes to a school operating referendum the second time around during the May 8 primary election.
The vote — 58 percent yes (5,417) to 42 percent no (3,937) — will now give Zionsville Community Schools as much as $4.7 million annually for the next three years. Money will become available in July.
Residents will now pay an additional tax rate of 24.44 cents per $100 of assessed value, an increase from 1.341 per $100 of assessed value.
“I just want to thank the hundreds of volunteers that put in thousands of hours,” ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison said May 8. “I also want to thank all the voters who chose excellence and retaining property values.”
In 2010, the state cut $1.5 million or approximately 5 percent of its general fund to Zionsville schools. Robison told the school board that the only way to drive property taxes to equal the losses from the state is by a referendum.
See Wednesday's paper for the full story.