BCSC Increases Referendum Rate Means Property Tax Will Rise in 2022 | Local

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The Benton Community School Corporation school board has voted to raise the referendum rate.

In May 2020, taxpayers voted to pass the referendum.

The maximum amount that the referendum can reach is 31 cents per $100 of a property’s assessed value.

Last year, the rate was set at 15 cents according to the superintendent, but the school board voted on Tuesday to raise the rate to 31 cents.

Superintendent Scott Vanderaa says the consulting firm they worked with recommended raising the rate.

Mainly due to the declining number of Society students and new legislation which will require teachers to be paid $40,000 per year initially.

“It’s gone full amount this year with the idea that every year we’re going to analyze where we are with ADM (average daily membership) where we are with state funding, increases or decreases, and move forward every year with that vote,” Vanderaa said.

The money collected during the referendum is used to maintain student activities and other programs offered by the school corporation.

The property tax increase will take place in 2022. Two school board members voted against the increase. The referendum ends in 2028.

Penny D. Jackson