WL school district’s referendum about to expire, up for reconsideration

A West Lafayette school district referendum that's been in place for several years is up for reconsideration.
Without it, the district could lose 18% of its funding (WLFI).
A West Lafayette school district referendum that's been in place for several years is up for reconsideration. Without it, the district could lose 18% of its funding (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette school district referendum that’s been in place for several years is up for reconsideration. Without it, the district could lose 18 percent of its funding.

The referendum has given West Lafayette schools about $3.5 million over a seven-year period, starting in 2010.

But now, the referendum is getting ready to expire and needs to be reauthorized.

If the referendum passes, the property tax rate would remain as it is today. If the referendum fails, the rate would drop about $327 on a $200,000 home.

School officials said the referendum is the only way for the school corporation to get the revenue it needs.

“It would be difficult to support big class sizes in the future without the referendum fund, and it would be difficult supporting art and music,” Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer said. “That would be a pretty big chunk of money.”

The school board is holding two public input meetings to discuss the proposed referendum on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the West Lafayette Jr.-Sr. High School.