Indianapolis delays request to voters for more funding

March 6, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s largest school district is delaying its request for additional tax dollars from voters amid backlash about the effort.

The Board of School Commissioners for Indianapolis Public Schools decided Monday to pull the request from the May ballot and instead put it before voters during the November election.

The district last month revised the proposal amid concerns about the impact on taxes. It seeks to generate about $725 million over eight years, down from the initial $936 million request that was earlier sought. The money would help pay for teacher raises, school building improvements and special education services.

Should it pass, the operating referendum will provide the school district with an additional $65.7 million each year. A $200 million capital referendum will help fund building improvements and other capital projects.

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