GOSHEN — Campaigns have been founded both supporting and opposing ballot questions that would raise property taxes to support a $65 million capital projects bond for the Goshen Community School Corp.
Those projects would include construction of a new intermediate school building and renovation and improvements to Goshen High School and Middle School. Safety, security and efficiency improvements at the other school facilities are also planned.
A campaign called the Committee for Fair Taxation was founded in early April in opposition to the measure. It was formed and funded by Goshen residents Robert and Susan Schrameyer, according to financial records filed with the county.
"Should GCSC capital project and operating budget increases be approved? The committee's position is to oppose this question," the filing states.
The couple contributed a total of $1,000 themselves and spent $109 on newspaper ads.
Yard signs have also sprouted up around the city in recent weeks, urging a "no" vote on the referendum in large red letters on a white background. The committee that paid for them is not printed on the sign though a small sticker bearing the disclaimer has been added to many of them, similar to the quick fix three Concord Township candidates were forced to make.
The Friends of Goshen Community Schools was founded in February in support of the referendums, with David Birky serving as chair and Jim Evans as treasurer. It reported no contributions or expenditures as of April.
Birky said Tuesday that they didn't have any expenses at the time they filed last week but they have raised and spent some money since then. He said they expect to get a bill soon for the yard signs they had made, which encourage voters to "build for the future" in lighter colored letters on a red background.
The committee has raised money through activities like a fundraising night at Hacienda Tuesday, and volunteers have been busy with post card parties, neighborhood canvassing and calling activities, according to Schools Superintendent Diane Woodworth. She said a lot of school staff are involved with the campaign in their off-hours, and she estimated that 150 to 200 people have signed up for their upcoming activities.