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New Albany Floyd County Schools regroup after tax referendum fails

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The request from the district would pay for two new schools plus repairs to several other buildings but the cost was too much for 55 percent of voters who rejected the plan during the Indiana primary election May 5, 2015. The request from the district would pay for two new schools plus repairs to several other buildings but the cost was too much for 55 percent of voters who rejected the plan during the Indiana primary election May 5, 2015.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Floyd county voters said no to an $80 million proposal to build and renovate schools. Now the New Albany Floyd County School District must decide what's next.

The request from the district would pay for two new schools plus repairs to several other buildings but the cost was too much for 55 percent of voters who rejected the plan.

"Even though public education is free, you still have to pay for it and it sounds like the folks weren't prepared to do that at this time," said Pete Palmer who chairs Families for Floyd County, a group that campaigned on the district's behalf.

"At some point these schools will have to be replaced so I'm sure the issue will be presented again. When, where and how, that's for the school corporation to decide," Palmer said.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brad Snyder said he was not interested in doing an on-camera interview, however he did release this statement: "We are very disappointed with last night's election results. However, the need for our students has not gone away. The poor physical learning environment for our students in these buildings will have to be solved. We intend to take some time to reflect and see if we can develop a plan which will appeal to the supporters and citizens of Floyd county as well as taxpayers."

That's what P.J. Moore, who strongly opposed the tax referendum as part of Greenville Concerned Citizens, says he's been asking for all along.

"If there are certain repairs or renovations they need at the schools, great lets put through a reasonable package, not a wish list where you can knock down two perfectly good schools," said Moore.

While the district has not said when or if it plans to put the referendum before voters again, the earliest that could happen would be next May.

"As with all things that age there comes a point in time where replacement is a better option than continuing to duct-tape and keep things going," said Palmer.

Until then, Moore says he'll work to educate the public on the issues.

"Persuade them or encourage them to find out for themselves. Then if they want to vote it through, that's fine but at least it's an informed decision," said Moore.

Voters may not see any drop in their taxes until 2017 or 2018.

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