Three local school districts are paying for a special election May 7 asking voters to approve a tax increase in their respective communities.
The School Town of Munster is asking voters to pay an additional 19.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to raise $3 million each year for the next seven years, or $21 million. For a homeowner whose property is valued at $244,835, it will cost that homeowner an extra $253 per year.
Officials at the Lake County Election Board said it will cost the School Town of Munster about $20,000 to $25,000 for that special election.
Munster Superintendent Richard Sopko said there are 25 precincts in the town and 15 voting sites. He said they hope to consolidate the precincts, just using the 15 voting sites.
In Porter County, taxpayers in the Union Township School Corp. and the Metropolitan School District of Boone Township will vote on general fund referendums.
In Union Township, the referendum seeks to raise up to $1 million each year for seven years through a maximum property tax increase of 22 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. A home assessed at $100,000 would have an increase of $65.17 a year. A $200,000 home's increase would be $194.53.
In Boone Township, the maximum tax increase is 23 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to raise $530,000 per year for seven years, or $3.7 million. The average home in the district is valued at $144,600, and a resident would pay about $144 more in taxes each year.
Kathy Kozuszek, Porter County voter registration/election administrator, said it will cost each of the Porter County school districts approximately $10,000 for a special election.
"We have to hire poll workers and train them, absentee voting, postage and other expenses," she said.