Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 20, 2013

Band parents help orchestrate Goshen tax increase


Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Never underestimate the power of high school band parents. That’s one lesson coming out of the special elections this month, when voters in four Indiana communities were asked to raise property taxes to provide more funding for their local schools. Three of those referenda went down to defeat. The fourth sailed through with no organized opposition. Michigan City voters said no to a $5-million request to close a budget gap in their schools’ general fund; Mishawaka voters said no to a $28-million request to repair their aging schools, and Muncie voters said no to a $3-million request to keep the schools buses running. Meanwhile, voters in Goshen – a city of 32,000 people of relatively modest means – said yes to a request for $17 million for a new school pool, bigger band rooms, a new baseball field, and a remodeled cafeteria to accommodate an increasing middle-school student population. How did that happen? See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.