"Well, we were disappointed, but we knew it was going to be a very difficult proposition in this economy and times” East Allen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green told FOX Fort Wayne today.
It's a big 'no' to an EastAllenCounty property tax hike.
Seventy percent voted against the tax referendum.
If it passed the district could have gotten up to $8-million, which would have been enough to eliminate their debt and reduce class sizes. But, since it failed, the only thing that will be reduced is the budget.
"The school needs to live within the bounds of their tax structure” one East Allen resident told FOX Fort Wayne yesterday.
Another said "it’s not fair to the people."
The school board will now have to decide how to cut $1.2-million. After-school activities will likely be the first to go.
"We have had some extracurricular cuts every time we've looked at budget reductions. So I’m sure that there will be some more here” says Green.
Another possibility is classroom cuts. Green says teacher layoffs aren't off the table.
"Our board, through all our budget reductions since I’ve been here, have said everything remains on the table and we'll make purposeful decisions on each thing. So nothing is off the table” she says.