Indiana voters show support for school fund increases

People voting in polling place

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Voters across Indiana supported local schools the past week at a time when many are without jobs and uncertainties remain about economic losses fueled by the coronavirus pandemic.

On primary election day Tuesday, 14 school districts sought voter approval to exceed statewide property tax caps for construction projects or other expenses. Of the 18 referendums on ballots, 16 passed.

The high approval rate follows three previous and less favorable elections in Indiana when voters defeated at least one-third of such measures. Operational referendums passed in 11 Indiana school districts. Five construction measures passed, too.