Tax Expert: 94% Vote For WL School Tax Largest Victory Margin In State

May 3, 2017

West Lafayette schools win 94 percent of vote to continue collecting additional property tax.
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The West Lafayette Community School Corporation will continue to collect an extra property tax thanks to the overwhelming majority of voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s referendum.

Of the 2,233 ballots cast, 2,105 voters chose to continue paying an additional 37 cents per $100 of property valuation. There were 128 "No" votes.

Purdue economist and tax policy researcher Larry DeBoer says the 94 percent passage rate is the largest percentage of "Yes" votes in any Indiana education referendum.

The revenue pays the salaries of 52 teachers, as well as music, art and other programs, according to Superintendent Rocky Killion.

West Lafayette and Tri-County are among several Indiana school districts that won approval to collect additional property taxes.

Voters defeated proposed tax increases for the East Chicago schools in Lake County and Cannelton City Schools in Perry County.