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July 18, 2013

Special election moves forward

GOSHEN — Local and state officials gave quick approval this week to the wording that will appear on ballots for a vote on a Goshen schools building project.

The Elkhart County Election Board unanimously approved the wording Tuesday morning, then emailed that approval to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, which also approved the wording that day, according to Wayne Kramer, Election Board member.

The wording is, “Shall Goshen Community Schools issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the renovation of and construction of improvements to Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School, which includes site improvements, which is estimated to cost not more than $17,150,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of $0.1098 per $100 of assessed valuation over the 20-year life of the bonds?”

The Goshen school board voted in June to seek the referendum. Board members want to renovate the two schools to add space for the popular music programs, the physical education programs and to consolidate the pools in both schools into one new pool at one of the schools. School Superintendent Diane Woodworth said at the June school board meeting that the corporation is spending $200,000 yearly to maintain both pools. She said having just one, modern facility would be less expensive to maintain.

The Election Board will meet July 25 at 9 a.m. at the County Office Building in Goshen to give its final approval to the ballot question. The special election will be Nov. 5. Voters in Elkhart precincts 1 to 21 will be eligible to vote on the question. Absentee ballots for the election will be mailed beginning Sept. 21 to people who have requested an absentee ballot. On Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. voter registration for the election will end. On Oct. 8 absentee voting in person will begin at locations yet to be determined.

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