Lake Station Community Schools

Lake Station Community Schools Seeking TIF Funds

Dec 8, 2020
Lake Station Community Schools

LAKE STATION - Lake Station Community Schools is seeking a portion of the municipality's tax increment financing district proceeds.

The "Times" reports the city created a TIF district in 2019 to capture funding for economic development endeavors. The TIF is expected to start generating money in 2021, but it isn't known how much will be generated.

State law allows school districts to petition for as much as 15 percent of TIF revenue.

Today:  This Reporters' Roundtable covers a number of issues brought up in the northwest Indiana and state media outlets this week.  On the program are reporters Javonte Anderson, Carrie Napoleon and Carole Carlson with the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore. "Inside Indiana Business" Asst. Managing Editor Andy Ober joins us for a look at some major Hoosier business stories as well.

On this edition of "Regionally Speaking," Tom Maloney filled-in for Chris Nolte on the "Reporter's Round Table Wrap-up."

He spoke with Dan Carden, Statehouse Reporter for The Times, about statewide alcohol legislation, road funding, and the South Shore expansion through the Region. Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Steven Lattimore spoke to Tom about the "People's Climate Rally" march from the past weekend.

He spoke with Carole Carlson, of the Post-Tribune, about the passing of Munster and Lake Station's school referendums and the failing of East Chicago's.

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Today:   An extended review of Tuesday's three public school referenda elections in Lake County -- East Chicago, Lake Station and Munster.  We have comments from School Town of Munster Superintendent Jeffery Hendrix, Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent Thomas Cripliver, a statement from School City of East Chicago Superintendent Paige McNulty and the director of the Lake County Board of Elections, Michelle Fajman, whose staff counted the votes from the three communities. 

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LAKE COUNTY, INDIANA -- Voters in Lake Station and Munster voted on Tuesday to raise their property taxes to support their local school districts, while East Chicago voters soundly rejected their district's referendum bid.  Here are the unofficial figures, from the Lake County Board of Elections:

Munster --  Public Question #1  (School Tax Levy, Replacing One Passed In 2015 Referendum)

2903        67.94% Yes

1370        32.06% No

 

Public Question #2   (Building Repairs, Tech. Expansion Project)

2892        67.81% Yes

10 School Districts Posing Referenda Tuesday

Apr 28, 2017

School districts across the state are once again asking voters to help fund public schools, with nine districts asking for property tax increases Tuesday.

School districts can ask voters through a ballot referenda process to raise property taxes to help fund their schools. Basically, the ballot question asks voters to pay more in property taxes so the schools have more funding.