Most Indiana school referenda fail at polls

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Indianapolis - Most school referenda in several Indiana communities were soundly defeated in Tuesday's election. However, two Hamilton County referendums passed.

The anti-tax "small government" message that ushered in Republican victories all over the country was also reflected in the results to fund struggling school systems. The referenda sought tax increases to pay for repairs or improvements.

School systems like Zionsville have seen huge budget cuts over the past several years. In the last two years, school administrators there say local and state funding has been cut nearly $6 million. They expect even more severe budget cuts next year totaling another $5.6 million. The referendum was a way of making up the shortfall.

Westfield-Washington and Hamilton Southeastern in Hamilton County passed, as did Lebanon and Brown County's school referenda.

All others failed to pass, including Zionsville, Southern Hancock County, Mt. Vernon Schools, Center Grove Schools, Anderson, Elwood, Randolph Central and Northwestern Schools.

Late Tuesday, the Herald-Times in Bloomington reported the Monroe County school referendum passed by a 61-39 percent margin.

See all results for all races.

School district Yes No
Lebanon 51% 49%
Zionsville 39% 61%
Brown County 56% 44%
Southern Hancock Co. 39% 61%
Mt. Vernon Schools 38% 68%
Center Grove Schools 43% 57%
Anderson 30% 70%
Elwood 27% 73%
Randolph Central Schools 46% 54%
Northwestern Schools 49% 51%
Hamilton Southeastern 72% 28%
Westfield-Washington 54% 46%
Monroe County 61% 39%