Law could cut schools’ transportation

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Could an Indiana law, you’re not aware of, be taking money out of your child’s school district? According to the Vigo County School Corporation, a piece of legislation set to go into effect this summer may do just that.
    
What if you heard there was an Indiana law that could cost your child’s school district around one million dollars? You’d want to know how and why.
    
Well it starts with your property tax caps and four tax levy funds: Debt service, capital projects, transportation, and bus replacement
    
For example, last year the Vigo County School Corporation tax levy for those four funds was around $27 million. But after the property tax caps credits, that number shrunk by around $4 million. That loss was distributed among all four funds to minimize losses for each
    
However, a law going into effect this year says the debt service levy can no longer be part of that of that budget shuffle.

“There’s legislation involved that says that levy has to be protected,” Vigo County Schools Chief Financial Officer Donna Wilson said. 

“That fund can bear no loss to the circuit breaker. But what happens then is we would have to absorb that loss somewhere else.”
    
What could that mean for your child?
    
The biggest hit would be transportation. That means more consolidated bus routes, more children walking to school, and an older fleet of buses.
    
The law won’t bankrupt the school corporation or their transportation budget; it just makes planning more difficult.
    
But this new protected levy law isn’t set in stone yet. There’s still a legislative session left for Hoosier law makers to halt the law.

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