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Mishawaka referenda pass with nearly 70 percent approval

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School City of Mishawaka had two referenda on the ballot, both were passed.

According to our partners at the South Bend Tribune, more than 70-percent of voters approved the referenda, that combined will raise $25.6 million for the school system’s facilities and operations.

The first is an operating levy. Mishawaka homeowners will likely see a 24-cent increase in their property taxes for every $100 worth of property. That would raise $1.8 million over the next seven years.

That will pay for new technology and educational programs. Students would also see smaller classroom sizes and better paid teachers.

The second referendum is a capital request. Homeowners will likely see a 16-cent increase for every $100 worth of property. That would raise $13 million over the next 15 years.

That one will pay for two different projects. Spending on building upgrades would like new roofs and parking lots would require $5 million. The other $8 million would pay for safety improvements. Speicher says the district would add video surveillance, interior door locks and safer entry ways.

With both combined, a homeowner with $100,000 worth of property would pay about $135 more per year than they're paying now.

That may seem like a lot, but Superintendent Dean Speicher says the money would pay for great things. He adds that these improvements would be a benefit to the whole community, not just families with kids.

"A homeowner in Mishawaka ought to look at it as an investment because if we don't improve the Mishawaka schools, if we don't make the Mishawaka schools attractive to students, then home values are going to decline," he says. "I would look at it as an investment in my biggest asset, and my biggest asset is my home."

If you'd like a full breakdown of where money from these referenda would go, follow the links below.

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