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MSD Washington Twp. considering $185M referendum

Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township is considering asking taxpayers to support a $185 million construction project referendum and a $6.5 million operating referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

The district has many buildings over fifty years old and many elementary buildings are overcrowded to the point of impacting the educational process, according to documents on the district’s website.

The district is looking to make a slew of improvements including renovating schools, upgrading fire alarms and security, replacing boilers, and creating additional learning spaces.

Call 6 Investigates reached out to district spokesperson Ellen Rogers Friday seeking a comment and information on the referendum.

“All of the information regarding your request is public information and can be found on our district web site,” said Ellen Rogers, spokesperson for MSD Washington Township. 

If approved, the average taxpayer of a $173,200 home (median home price in Washington Township) would pay an extra $18.93 a month for the construction referendum and $7.38 a month for the operating referendum for a total of $26.31 a month.

The district is currently gathering feedback from the community, and the school board could vote on a formal recommendation as early as June.

MSD Washington Township currently has 11,357 students and 1,639 staff members.