Elkhart voters say 'yes' to school referendums
In the primary election on Tuesday, May 6, voters supported two referendums for Elkhart Community Schools. Elkhart schools will receive $45 million in support from local residents through increased property taxes. Superintendent Rob Haworth said a plan for using the money will be outlined in the school board’s next meeting on May 13.
Voters in Concord schools district approve $28 million referendum
The Concord School District also won a referendum during the primary election on Tuesday, May 6. With the extra $28 million, the school corporation will be able to maintain current class sizes, make transportation routes more flexible, repair buildings and maybe purchase a few new buses. Superintendent Wayne Stubbs said the money will prevent property tax caps losses from affecting students any more than it already has.
Joe Bock wins Democratic race for 2nd District U.S. House post
Joe Bock won in the Democratic race for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House. He now will face incumbent Rep. Jackie Walorski in the November general election. Walorski did not face a primary challenger in the election. The Democratic Congressional Party released a statement saying that Bock will "be a fighter for the middle class and hold Congresswoman Walorski accountable for her decision to shut down the federal government and put insurance companies in charge to deny care and raise health care costs.”
Vote centers debut in Elkhart County primary vote, with a few bumps and hiccups
The primary election was also the first election to introduce a new voting model, which includes updated technology, electronic sign-in and 25 voting centers across the county where any resident could vote. However, heavy voting at the North Side Gym in Elkhart caused lines, and two additional voting machines had to be sent to the location. Elkhart County Election Board chairman Wayne Kramer said that five of the voting centers initially reported start-up problems. Final results were also delayed by nearly two hours when one of the 250 memory cards that held election results was left at the North Side Gym. The card containing information on 155 votes was returned to the center at 10:30 p.m.
Goshen City Council hears from street commissioner about impact of winter
The Goshen City Council approved an additional appropriation of $150,550 on Tuesday, May 6, to be taken from its motor vehicle highway account to make up for the street department’s expenses during the past winter. Street commissioner Denny Long said that the street department hauled 1,293 loads of snow between December and March compared to the 300 to 400 loads hauled away in an average year.