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Two MSD of Washington Township referendums moving forward

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 22:46:37-05

INDIANAPOLIS — MSD of Washington Township voted Wednesday evening to ask voters to approve $418 million in referendums in May.

One referendum is for $16 million annually over eight years for operating costs. The second referendum is for $285 million and will be used for construction costs.

The district says the money is needed for things like additional school police officers, athletic coaches, bus drivers and mechanics and more.

"Being a parent in this district for nine years, this district uses what they have, they stay within the budget that they have, but that doesn't mean that we don't need more," Kelli Baumgarn said. "The cost of education what we receive from the state, the funding, has not kept up with inflation and you can't keep doing more with less."

Some people are against the referendum after two recently passed.

"I cannot see any reason to have another $400 million referendum when we had two in 2016 that were $214.5 million," Penny Bigelow said. "That's obscene."

More information on referendums was posted online by the school.