CROWN POINT | Voters will be going to their accustomed polling places May 3 to cast a ballot on a referendum that would grant a tax raise for Crown Point Community School Corp.
Elections board members voted Tuesday against shifting voting machines from their usual locations in 12 rural precincts to school buildings, as school officials had requested.
The School Board petitioned the Lake County elections board to place on the spring primary ballot a 54-word question asking voters to approve a property tax increase of 21 cents per $100 of assessed value in the city of Crown Point, the town of Winfield, the eastern half of the town of Cedar Lake and unincorporated Center and Winfield townships.
The elections board agreed to the request and is not charging the school district for polling inside city and town precincts, where municipal elections already were scheduled.
However, they plan to bill the school district about $4,000 to hold a special election at a dozen precincts in the rural township areas where no elections previously were planned this year.
School officials asked the elections board to shift those rural polling places to school buildings in the townships to save costs, but elections board members said moving the polling places might confuse voters during a future election, when balloting would return to the usual locations.