Chamber of Commerce threw its support behind the Duneland Schools
referendum--on the ballot in the municipal primary on Tuesday, May 7--in a
statement released on Tuesday over the signature of Chamber President Maura
If passed, the
referendum would continue for another seven years the additional
property-tax rate of 22 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
The text of the
statement in full:
Chamber of Commerce would like to announce their support of the school
referendum. This tax, which has been in place since 2012, has been critical
to our school’s continual success since the school’s funding was cut by the
Schools are an essential part of a strong community. With school funding
changes made at the state level over the past decade, public schools were
adversely affected and forced to find alternative funding sources, or face
potentially devastating reductions. The Chamber supported the referendum
that was passed in 2012, and once again supports it in 2019.
“Over 80 percent of
the public school systems in Indiana have sought a referendum to address the
stated funding shortfall. Valparaiso, Munster, Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart,
Hammond, and Lake Central are among the communities that have passed a
referendum. Communities that haven’t passed a referendum are facing severe
financial challenges and potential significant program cuts.
“It is the Duneland
Chamber of Commerce’s vision to help make Duneland a great place to live,
work, and play. Having a high quality, adequately funded school system is
critical to make that vision a reality. Excellent school systems, like the
Duneland Schools, attract residents, which in turn attracts business,
employment opportunities, and raises property values.
Chamber of Commerce urges its members and members of the Duneland
communities to once again vote “YES” on May 7, 2019, to continuing the
referendum and investing in the future of our community.”