By LOU WILIN
BLUFFTON — By over 80 percent, Bluffton School District voters renewed two taxes — one for operations, the other for permanent improvements — on Tuesday.
A 4.244-mill, five-year property tax for operations passed by a vote of 946, or 82 percent, to 205.
The other ballot measure — a 0.5 percent, three-year income tax for permanent improvements — passed by a vote of 941 votes, or 82 percent, to 210.
Results from the Allen and Hancock County boards of elections are unofficial and include absentee voting.
Superintendent Greg Denecker called the taxes a good investment based on Bluffton schools’ performance.
“Bluffton Exempted Village Schools’ performance index ranks in the top 6 percent of all districts in the state,” he said. “Expenditures per pupil, however, are more than $2,900 less than the state average.”
Revenue from the income tax for permanent improvements can be spent only on things lasting five years or more.
The district will use the revenue in the same way it has in past years, Denecker said: replacing roofs; buying new buses; remodeling classrooms; repairing and updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; updating and repairing restrooms, plumbing and outside facilities; replacing windows and doors; tuckpointing/mortar repair; updating security measures; and updating electrical and lighting systems.
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