In need of ‘greater understanding,’ EACS delays referendum vote

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) East Allen County Schools is delaying its proposed $87 million referendum.

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The district announced in a three-sentence statement that it would delay a hearing scheduled next week to discuss its building improvement plan. With that Jan. 19 meeting now off the calendar, a referendum on the plan now cannot appear on the May 3 ballot.

It is expect to go before voters on the Nov. 8 ballot, however.

The district did not directly explain why it delayed the hearing, other than to say it needed more time to gain “greater understanding” of the project and pull in more voters.

The district’s statement:

The East Allen County School Corporation is delaying the Project Hearing and Preliminary Determination Hearing that was scheduled for the January 19, 2016 meeting of the Board of School Trustees. Moving forward, the delay will give more opportunities for greater understanding of the project and insure that all interested district voters will participate. The East Allen County School District will continue to work diligently to improve the school facilities available for area youth.

In the district’s plans are upgrades to security and HVAC systems in schools, construction of a new intermediate school in New Haven and an overhaul of New Haven High School.

For an $87.5 million project, the tax impact is $0.087 per $100 assessed valuation. For a $100,000 home (with the standard homeowner deductions), this equates to an increase of less than $30 per year.

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