Despite lawmakers’ plan, referendums in county have poor track record

Taxpayers could vote on whether to pay more to fund school security officers and safety upgrades for the buildings, but local school officials aren’t sure they should be asked.

A proposal at the Statehouse would allow schools to raise property taxes to pay for security officers and safety upgrades in schools, but local school officials don’t think they would ask taxpayers for more money in a referendum.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let school districts ask voters for permission to raise property taxes for security staff and upgrades. Clark-Pleasant and Franklin school officials said Johnson County residents, who have defeated multiple referendums for schools as well as for a new Franklin library branch during the past five years, don’t want to see their taxes raised.

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