Wheatland Center School referendum presentation; vote is Tuesday

Wheatland J1 School District voters will have a chance to vote Tuesday on a referendum seeking to allow the school board to exceed the revenue limit.

District officials say approving the referendum is vital to “keep the existing programs strong and to allow for continued growth.” And, they point out, approval will not increase the tax levy from current levels.

The ballot question requests permission to increase  the revenue limit by an amount not-to-exceed $625,000 for four years, starting in 2014-15.

Lots of information on the referendum is available on this page of the school’s website.

Following is video of a presentation district administrator Martin McGinley gave at a Wheatland Town Board meeting last month on the need for the referendum:

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for voters in the district. All voting will take place at Wheatland Town Hall in New Munster, even for voters who do not live in Wheatland. (Corrected from earlier version — DH)

A non-recurring referendum for four years seeking authority to exceed the revenue limit by $750,000 failed in April by a vote of No 286, Yes 233. The board made budget cuts and sought other savings before coming up with the new amount to exceed the limit of $625,000.

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