VALPARAISO | It appears the battle is beginning to take shape over the Duneland School Corp. attempt to convince voters this spring to approve a tax hike to help fund the district's operating budget.
The Porter County Election Board was told Wednesday morning that a representative of a proposed political action committee calling itself Friends of Duneland Schools has approached the county voters registration office about both obtaining a list of eligible voters in the Duneland area and securing the right to observe voting during the May 8 primary election when the referendum will be on the ballot.
The latter right is secured by PACs by providing signatures representing 2 percent of the votes cast from the area in the last secretary of state race, said Sundae Schoon, Republican director at the county voter registration office.
Those watching activity at the polls use the voter lists to contact individuals who have not yet cast ballots, she said.
Schoon said she was told the application for creating the school PAC is on its way.
Duneland voters will be asked during the primary election whether they support a tax increase of up to 22 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation for a period of seven years, according to ballot information provided by the voter registration office.