SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Voters in Clark County, Indiana, went to the polls Tuesday and refused a $95 million school referendum that would go to renovations at several West Clark Community Schools.

Of those who voted, about 70 percent were against the referendum:

  • Yes: 2,321
  • No: 5,402

The $95 million referendum was the only item on the ballot in Tuesday's special election. Under the proposal, $4 million would have gone to renovations on the Borden campus, about $7 million to Henryville and the remaining $82 million to Silver Creek.

"We were hopeful," West Clark Superintendent Chad Schenck said. "But the taxpayers have spoken, and we respect that."

The ballot question said the project is estimated to cost no more than $95 million and increase the property tax rate for debt service by 73 cents per $100 dollars of assessed value.

The wording of that has caused a lot of confusion. Schenck said taxpayers would have paid up to an additional 24 cents in their debt service rate in order to pay off the 20-year bonds.

District leaders said it's back to the drawing board. There's no question that construction in the district needs to happen. Schenck said the board could consider smaller projects, $5 million dollars at a time.

But right now, a solid plan B is still up in the air. Schenck said the first step is to repair relationships after a contentious couple of months.

"Doing that, I think, is probably the most important step for me to take in the very near immediate future," he said.

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