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Indiana Voters Don’t Have A Say

Indiana is not a friendly place for citizen initiatives. State law doesn’t allow general rules for amending city charters or petitioning to change state laws. However, voters do get a voice over construction projects exceeding 10 million dollars. Unless your school board finds a legal work-around.

Under Indiana law, school districts have to ask voters for approval of any elementary, middle or high school construction project that will exceed $10 million.

But Center Grove was legally able to break up the construction projects, borrowing $10 million each for renovations at Center Grove Elementary and North Grove Elementary schools, and $20 million for renovations at Center Grove High School. The high school project falls under a previous $20 million limit because the school district filed plans before the law changed in 2013, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance director of communications Jenny Banks said.

 

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