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March 7, 2013

Large school corporations look at transportation cuts to help cope with property tax caps

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GOSHEN —

Looking ahead

Woodworth said she is hopeful that upon hearing of the dire situation currently facing schools such as Goshen and Concord, the state Legislature will designate some additional funds in the biennium budget to help mitigate some of the lost revenue.

“If they would do that, that would just be so helpful,” Woodworth said, “because if assessed value can start to come back, this problem will lessen over time. And this is not a new idea to the legislature, because when the tax caps were first put in, before they were put into the Constitution, there were funds to help mitigate the loss for schools above a certain amount of loss. So they have to do something.

In the meantime, Woodworth said she, Stubbs, and other superintendents in the county have been working with organizations such as the Indiana Association of School Business Officials and other civic and business groups to try and get the word out on the plight of area schools.

“We’re going to keep fighting until they’re done in this session, and then whatever didn’t get fixed, or if nothing got fixed, in my mind, we’ll start again next year,” Stubbs said. “Because it’s not going to go away, and we can either just lay down and take it, or try to do something about it.”

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