The three-part plan is to:
About a referendum
A referendum election will be held June 2, 2020. If voters approve this referendum, Benton Community School Corporation will use the additional revenue to erase the current structural deficit (roughly $2 million this year) and fund existing class sizes, programs and staffing levels while stabilizing the budget.
BCSC will not utilize revenue generated by a voter-approved referendum for any construction or capital projects (that's not allowed by state law). Education funds are spent on salaries, benefits, support staff, office personnel, technology, equipment and instructional software.
The BCSC board and administration will continue to inform the community of any changes in the corporation’s budget and financial situation. The board and administration also will continue to explore ideas for slowing or reversing the recent trend of enrollment decline.
An approved referendum would be in effect for 8 years. At that time, the BCSC board would determine whether to ask voters to extend the referendum tax rate.
We're not alone.
Our neighbors in West Lafayette, Tri-County and Frontier have all recently approved operating levy referendums.