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Referendum Information

Thank you to our community for supporting the referendum vote on May 7, 2019.  Your support allows us to maintain high-level programming for the children in our community.  We are honored by the trust and continued support of our school district by a community that believes in strong schools focused on academic achievement for all children.  We will work to maintain your confidence in how we manage our financial resources. Our schools add tremendous value to our community and this continued investment significantly impacts how we will prepare our students for their future. 

Dr. Chip Pettit
Superintendent of Schools

The Duneland School Corporation extends its sincere appreciation to our community for supporting the operating referendum that was approved by voters on May 7, 2019.  The vote to continue the twenty-two cents ($0.22) tax levy will make a significant impact in the ability to maintain quality educational programs for children while offsetting inadequate funding from the state legislature.  The school district extends its thanks to the many individuals from our community whose tireless efforts and passion helped pass this referendum in which every vote counted.  We have a long tradition of providing a high quality education that allows all students to meet their potential. Thank you for your support of the Duneland Schools. 

Lynn Kwilasz
Assistant Superintendent - Chief Financial Officer

On behalf of the Duneland School Corporation Board of Trustees, I would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support of the May 7, 2019 operating referendum.  This continuation allows the Duneland Schools to maintain the current educational and operational programs.  This support is a direct reflection of our community's strong commitment to provide our students with a world-class education. Thank you to all those who did so much to lead the Taxpayers for Duneland Schools, in giving of their time and talent to get out the vote, and build public awareness for the referendum. 

Brandon Kroft, President
Duneland School Board of Trustees
Chesterton High School Class of 1991

On February 4, 2019, the Duneland School Corporation School Board announced its intent to put a school referendum on the May 7th ballot. The Board was seeking approval from the community to continue the twenty-two cents ($0.22) tax levy originally approved in 2012, for the purposes of maintaining the current educational and operational programs including student safety and building security, compensating teachers and staff, maintaining class sizes and any other educational or operational needs of the Duneland School Corporation.


What is a Referendum?

A referendum is a general vote by the electorate (eligible voters) on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision. 

What are Property Tax Caps?

Property Tax Caps are in the Indiana Constitution and “cap” property taxes at 1% for residential; 2% for apartments/farmland; and 3% for all other property including business.  A successful referendum may result in property taxes that exceed property tax caps. 

What’s the Role of Property Taxes?

Most states require homeowners, business owners, and farmers (land owners) to pay property tax.
These taxes are collected by local governments and are used to pay for local services and items such as:

    • Gov. official salaries
    • School operational funds
    • Police and fire protection
    • Maintenance of local roads and parks