Tax hike proposal will be on ballot in fall; several speak against increase

FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon School Board on Monday didn’t find much support for a forthcoming referendum could result in higher taxes for district residents if voters approve it in November.

At a special public meeting of the school board, members voted 4-0 to put the referendum question on the ballot. It will ask for an additional $650,000 each year for three years from taxpayers in the district.

Many farmers and residents spoke up against the potential increase in their taxes, and most suggested that the school had made mistakes in overspending and constructing new buildings, renovating the high school and keeping current administrators in their positions.

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