Prairie Heights board to pursue November referendum


BRUSHY PRAIRIE -- The Prairie Heights School District is moving forward with plans to place a referendum for a property tax levy on the upcoming November ballot.

Officials with the school district conducted meetings in the towns that are a part of the school district explaining the need for the referendum and what it means for property owners. Financial advisers hired by the school district say without an additional tax levy Prairie Heights would be in the red by roughly $11.8 million dollars by 2026.

The need for a referendum is not just a problem for Prairie Heights Community Schools. Recently, school districts such as Westview, Fremont and Churubusco have had to call on voters to pass a tax levy. In situations such as this, a property tax levy is the only funding solution offered by the Indiana General Assembly.

Prairie Heights is proposing a tax rate that will not exceed 22-cents per $100 of the assessed value of property. The current tax rate is 57-cents per $100 of the assessed value.

More information on the Prairie Heights referendum can be found online through the school corporation website:

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