Referendum

SACS Operating Referendum Renewal Overview

On November 8th, registered voters in Southwest Allen County School (SACS) District may vote to renew the tax-supported operating referendum. 

Asking for What?: 

If renewed, the operating referendum will again approve the 15 cent rate per $100 home assessed value.

  What will it cost?

The operating referendum dollars are used 100% for salaries and benefits of personnel assisting the school district to retain and attract high-quality educators and staff. 

History: 

Since 1985, SACS has operated with the assistance of a taxpayer-supported operating referendum. The operating referendum dollars are used 100% for salaries and benefits of personnel. 

The current referendum, first approved in 2009 and renewed in 2016 by 72% of the voters, is set to expire and must be renewed in accordance with Indiana Code 20-46-1.

What does the current referendum fund?: 

The current referendum, first approved in 2009 and renewed in 2016 funds:

43 Classroom Teachers
2 Guidance Counselors
1 School Police Officer

If renewed in November, what will the 2022 operating referendum fund?: 

RETAIN:
43 Classroom Teachers
 2 Guidance Counselors
 1 School Police Officer 


ADD:
14 Classroom Teachers
 7 Guidance Counselors/Social Workers
 2 School Police Officer 
 1 Central Office Administrator
 1 Support Staff
 1 Alternative School Administrator/Counselor


Click here for an estimated cost breakdown of current referendum dollars and the additional investment to be made if referendum is renewed in November. 

If referendum is not renewed in November 2022, what may happen?: 

If the current referendum is not renewed, SACS will not have the resources to hire additional staff and will need to address the loss of nearly $3.5M per year. Since the current referendum dollars are used 100% for salaries and benefits of 46 personnel, SACS would need to cut many positions in the district.

Voter eligibility: 

Registered voters and residents of Southwest Allen County School District may vote on the referendum on November 8th, 2022.

Click here to view the Referendum Renewal Ballot Question. 

Not registered to vote? Click here to register to vote before October 11.

To learn more about voting options and locations please click here: allencountyinvoters.gov