By Sadie Hunter
From the first results reported by the Hamilton Co. Elections Office, it was clear the proposed Noblesville Schools referendum would pass with a significant margin.
The new referendum, set to expire in May 2023, is a continuation of the district’s current operating (people and programming) referendum but with lower rates – 10.5 percent lower.
Currently, Noblesville residents pay 21 cents per every $100, but with the new referendum, the rate will be reduced to 18.9 cents per every $100.
Without the referendum’s passage, Noblesville Schools Supt. Dr. Beth Niedermeyer said the district stood to lose approximately $6 million (10 percent) of its operating budget annually.
Overall, voters favored the referendum 72.98 percent to 27.02 percent.
The district released the following statement after the referendum was passed by Noblesville voters:
“We want to enthusiastically thank the community of Noblesville for supporting the school operating referendum! The measure in favor of Noblesville Schools passed by a margin of 73%.
“The continued funding that has now been approved will allow us to remain on our path of providing second-to-none academic excellence for students and a strong foundation for Noblesville, all at a cost savings for taxpayers. We take the role of managing this funding seriously and are committed to making responsible financial decisions that are aligned with our interests of engaging, inspiring and empowering our students.
“Thank you also to those who actively supported the Miller YES campaign. There were almost 100 community meetings hosted, over 5,000 campaign calls made, over 20 media stories featured, generous donations given, yard signs proudly displayed, a website developed, frequent social media activity and more. For all this, we owe a debt of gratitude to our political action committee leadership, volunteers and community supporters.
“We appreciate the community for entrusting us with their support and look forward to the work we have ahead of us educating the future of Noblesville.”