Voters support tax hikes to boost Indianapolis schools

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Voters have supported two new tax increases to boost Indiana's largest school district.

Measures on the ballot Tuesday included $220 million in additional tax dollars to help pay for operating expenses and a $52 million capital referendum for building upgrades and safety improvements. The operating referendum is expected to help preserve teachers' jobs and raise salaries.

Even with the additional funding, the cash-strapped Indianapolis Public Schools district is expected to have to close more schools in the coming years.

The tax increases are for the next eight years. Backers of the measures say they're grateful to voters for expressing their support for schools, teachers and families.




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