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Chamber supports school referendum

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The Duneland 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 Durham.

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:

“The Duneland 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 state.

“The Duneland 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.

“The Duneland 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.”



Posted 4/10/2019




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