Indiana schools seeing more success with tax hikes

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Indiana school districts that won voters' approval last week for tax increases to boost school funding may be growing more skilled at selling the public on the need for that money.

Five of the seven referendums on Tuesday's local ballots won voter approval, and one of the two losing districts might seek a recount because its measure failed by just four votes.

Indiana schools' referendum track record has improved since 2008, when state lawmakers began requiring districts to get voters' permission for tax increases for school construction projects or to shore up their general funds.

From November 2008 to November 2010, only 40 percent of those requests succeeded. But since May 2011, voters have endorsed 64 percent of tax increase requests.

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