INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith leaders were ecstatic Friday after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed into law mandatory reductions in Calumet Township spending and a path for Griffith to exit the township if its excessive spending continues.
The total vote for the referendum for the School Town of Munster was incorrect in a story in Wednesday's editions. The final tally was 3,689 “yes” and 1,991 “no.”
MUNSTER | Jubilation filled a room at Charleyhorse Restaurant on Calumet Avenue as the school referendum votes from the town’s 25 precincts were displayed on a big screen.
Tom Bolanowski, right, votes on the school referendum while Clerks Gerrie Hays, left, and Nicholas Loughlin, center, work at a polling location at Centennial Park in Munster.
Precinct inspector Michelle Emery places absentee ballots in a ballot box for the third precinct Tuesday at the Shorewood Clubhouse as Union Township voters took to the polls Tuesday in a special election to decide on a referendum that would increase property taxes to help fund schools.
There are separate extenuating circumstances, but the core problem faced by the Munster, Union Township and Boone Township school districts is a failure of the state government to adequately fund the operation of local schools.
CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Corp. expects to collect less money than originally planned from last year's successful tax increase referendum, but the superintendent said there will be no shortfall.
MUNSTER | School Town of Munster Superintendent Richard Sopko is blunt about the significance of Tuesday's referendum.
As a homeowner and taxpayer in Munster, I would like to point out the real impact of the Munster schools' proposed general fund referendum on our tax bills. As you probably know, the proposed tax rate on this referendum question is 19.9 cents per $100 assessed value on your home.
Yard signs on Fran Lin Parkway in Munster reflect the views for Tuesday's schools referendum.
Yard signs on Fran Lin Parkway in Munster reflect the views for an upcoming schools referendum.
If you live in Hebron, you've likely heard talk of the upcoming referendum. I urge you to vote yes for the referendum on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's black state lawmakers want Gov. Mike Pence to veto legislation that would force Calumet Township to reduce its administrative spending and potentially enable Griffith to leave the township.
INDIANAPOLIS | It took six years of explaining, arguing and working around legislative roadblocks, but Griffith is now just a few pen strokes away from having a path to exit Calumet Township.
LANSING | Lan-Oak Park District held its first meeting Monday since voters rejected a referendum that would have permitted a property tax increase for the district.
LANSING | The one-quarter of village voters who turned out in Tuesday’s municipal elections narrowly rejected a referendum that would have permitted a property tax increase for the Lan-Oak Park District.
LANSING | Regardless of the final outcome, Lan-Oak Park District Executive Director John Wilson said he was pleased with the way local voters reacted to a referendum asking for a tax rate increase.
On Tuesday, at least in Illinois, there could be new faces in many local government agencies, and definitely any referendum issues will have a conclusion.
LANSING | Village officials who want local residents to give them permission in Tuesday’s municipal elections to negotiate a group rate for utility bills brought in a consultant to address the concerns of residents who had questions about electricity aggregation.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate has approved legislation, long sought by Griffith residents, limiting Calumet Township spending and giving Griffith a chance to leave the township if spending continues at current levels.
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