Voters say ‘yes’ to SACS referendum

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Voters said ‘Yes for SACS’ on Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly to renew a $3.5 million referendum that funds some of the district’s operations.

More than 75 percent of voters approved renewing the referendum, which Southwest Allen County Schools board members voted in January to put on the ballot. The referendum, which will keep property taxes the same in Aboite and Lafayette townships, is used to maintain class sizes, programs, academic, and elective offerings; fund guidance counseling and school safety; and specifically pay for 52 existing positions that include elementary, middle, and high school teachers, counselors, and a school resource officer.

SACS has been operating with the assistance of such a taxpayer-supported referendum since 1985.

The current referendum was approved by taxpayers in 2009 and runs out in December 2016. It provides the district with $3.5 million each year, used to fund roughly 11% of the SACS staff.

District Superintendent Dr. Phil Downs said in a tweet late Tuesday the district was “humbled” by the support of residents.

“We are all humbled by the tremendous support today from the Southwest Allen County residents!” Downs tweeted. “Thank you for your trust!”

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