HAMILTON CO., Ind. (WISH) - Hamilton County residents will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for or against a tax increase.
The increase will help pay for improvements in two school districts – Hamilton Southeastern and Noblesville.
The referendum asks for $95 million.
It will be used to add room for about a 1,000 new students to Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers high schools.
In most cases, those living in homes valued under $230,000, would pay about the same tax bill.
Those living in homes with higher assessed value would pay more.
Hamilton Southeastern Superintendent Dr. Brian Smith says he hopes for a good turnout Tuesday, but realizes that it's hard when there is only one item on the ballot to vote for.
"We knew at that time what this was going to look like," he said. "These kids are coming up through the system now. So it's nothing new and we tried to get the message out but when you dealing with 80,000 people, its tough to get the message out equally to everyone."
If voters don't approve the funding, they would have to go to plan "B," which is to add 84 trailers.
"This is not a good long term solution to the type of space needs we are going to be having," Smith said. "It's difficult to maintain a national quality program for everyone in a trailer. We would also need cafeterias in trailers, bathrooms in trailers - not a very conducive program for education."
Meanwhile in Noblesville, school officials are seeking $28 million for expansions.
Expanding the high school would allow grades ninth through 12th to be at the same campus. Expanding the "freshman campus" would allow the middle school student to move there.
Eventually, Noblesville schools would sell off the middle school to the county. The county plans to turn the open school into an Ivy Tech campus.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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