Hammond, Hobart School Referendum Vote Begins Today

Hammond and Hobart will vote on school referenda. Hammond School Officials are asking voters for $180M in tax increases while Hobart will ask for $57M in tax increases.

October 11, 2017-There are no candidates on the ballot, but voters in Hammond and Hobart will be presented with important ballot questions in an election which begins today. In-person absentee voting, commonly referred to as “early voting”, begins today at several locations throughout the county. In Hammond voters will be asked to approve two ballot measures which would raise taxes by 80 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. In Hobart, voters will be asked to approve two referenda totalling $1.046 per $100 of assessed valuation.

There will be two referenda in each City and voters can decide vote Yes or No on each.

For Hammond residents, the first question will ask for additional funding for operations and would raise taxes by 44 center per $100 of assessed valuation for seven years. The question presented on the ballot will be:

For the seven (7) calendar year or years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the School City of Hammond impose a property tax rate that does not exceed forty-four cents ($0.44) on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding teaching positions, staff positions, and educational programming?”

The second question will ask for funding for capital improvements and would raise taxes by .3598 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for 20 years. The question presented on the ballot will be:

“Shall the School City of Hammond issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the construction of a new high school and comprehensive renovation, improvements and safety upgrades to various School Corporation facilities, including the equipping thereof, which is estimated to cost not more than $110,625,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by $0.3598 per $100 of assessed valuation?”

In Hobart, the first question will ask for additional funding for operations and would raise taxes by .246 cents per $100 in assessed valuation for 8 years. The question presented on the ballot will be:

“For the eight (8) calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the School City of Hobart impose a property tax rate that does not exceed twenty-four and 6/10 cents ($0.246) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding and maintaining current educational and operational programs including student safety and transportation and any other educational and operational needs of the school corporation?”

In Hobart, the second question will ask for additional funding for capital improvements and would raise taxes by .80 cents per $100 in assessed valuation for 20 years. The question presented on the ballot will be:

“Shall School City of Hobart issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the 2018 Safety, Efficiency, Renovation and Construction Project which consists of restoration, repair and renovation of Hobart High School, Hobart Middle School, Liberty Elementary School, the Early Leaming Center at George Earle Elementary, Ridge View Elementary School and Joan Martin Elementary School and the construction of a new elementary school and a pool at Hobart High School, and which is estimated to cost not more than $41,210,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of $0.80 per $100 of assessed valuation?”

Comments

  1. TEA party Reply

    Real sneaky way to get around the property tax cap as the line on the tax bill states: Upward adjustment due to voter-approved projects and charges (e.g., referendum)
    Especially nice for landlords who live outside the cities so don’t even get a vote in this “election” Election,my ***

  2. Amy Wigsmoen Reply

    In Hammond, this equals to $12 a month on house valued at $100,000. And there’s nothing sneaky about it. They’re asking outright for the money

  3. Tom Reply

    Amy please explain how it is only $12 a month

  4. TEA party Reply

    @Amy: Maybe my math is wrong. Or maybe you missed the whole story…The story says:”In Hammond voters will be asked to approve *two* ballot measures which would raise taxes by 80 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.” 100.000/100=1000. 1000 x .80= 800. 800/12= $66.67 per month. And the property tax cap amendment passed 72-28% for would seem to mean most voters feel Taxed Enough Already. I hope most voters still feel that way and vote so in this special election.

  5. Hobart Patriot Reply

    My question as a Hobart resident centers on why is the city now looking to build a pool at the relative new Hobart High school (first graduating class 2009.) When the new high school was built, the city often cited how they were saving money by not building a pool for the new school since the pool in what would become the middle school was in great shape.

    Plus I would like to know where the new elementary school is being built and what are the projected attendance levels for all Hobart elementary schools?

    Upon research I have yet to find answers for any of these questions online.

    • kendavidson Reply

      I have to apologize for the fact that we have not covered the Hobart referendum. Hobart submitted no capital plan to the State of Indiana. https://www.in.gov/dlgf/8789.htm

  6. TEA party Reply

    Perhaps this will explain,or more likely obfuscate things more:http://hammond.k12.in.us/referendum
    One thing you won’t see in there is how long the capital referendum tax increase will last. That won’t go away until the bonds are paid off-in 20 years! And they made a big deal about how your taxes will *decrease* in 2020 but NOT because of any cost savings,or expired debt. In 2020, the Exempt Debt Property Tax Rate will be eliminated, resulting in a tax rate savings of $1.1819 per $100 of assessed value.
    The Exempt Debt Property Taxes was created when the tax caps first came into place in 2009. The exempt debt rate was in addition
    to the 1%, 2% and 3% tax caps for Lake and St. Joseph Counties through 2019. Taxpayers are expected to see an overall reduction
    in the property tax bills in 2020 even with the referendum tax rates less the exempt debt tax rates being phased out.

  7. Fred Reply

    The Hammond government never stops asking for more money. I would like to know what happened to the money from the Indiana lottery, and the money from the casino boat. This is where the money for a new Hammond High School should be coming from, NOT from increasing taxes! How about the 1.5% county tax. And once they instate a new tax, it won’t go away after 7 years. Vote NO on November 7th.

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