According to the Department of Local Government Finance, "a referendum is a public question placed on a ballot by a local unit. Property taxes that are approved by voters in a referendum are not subject to the property tax caps. Therefore, any successful referendum may result in a property tax bill that exceeds the caps."

There are three types of referendums available for public schools:
1) Operating Referendum 
2) Construction Referendum
3) Safety Referendum

Referendums can subsidize funds received from both state and local sources.

Referendum Totals

Even with community-backed referendums, Carmel Clay School Tax Rate remain the lowest in Hamilton County and one of the lowest in the state.

Total Carmel Clay School Tax Rate = .8603
Referendum Total (portion of overall rate) = .2400

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2022 Operating Referendum

Amount: $21.2M
Tax Rate: $00.19
Term: 7 Years (2018-2024)

Student Learning

In 2017, Carmel voters approved the replacement of our 2010 Operating Referendum ensuring that teacher positions and salaries would not be cut for the following or subsequent school years. 

The Operating Referendum covers additional funds needed for student instruction and learning, human resources, utilities, custodial and maintenance. Each year, the district depends on the Operating Referendum as it accounts for more than 17% of our general fund. 

The current rate is 19 cents per $100 of assessed property value. 

2022 safety Referendum

Amount: $5.6M
Tax Rate: $00.05
Term: 7 Years (2020-2027)

In 2019, Carmel voters approved an eight-year initiative to fund School Resource Officers, mental health resources and other safety programming throughout the district. 

Voters approved a tax increase of up to 5 cents per $100 of assessed property value. From 2019 to 2022 the rate was maintained at 3.5 cents per $100. The 5 cent rate will be implemented in 2023 following the full staffing and implementation of our safety initiatives.

For the 2022-23 school year, we are proud to have fulfilled our promise of at least one SRO in each of our 15 schools and a total of 21 officers. Carmel Clay Schools has also partnered with Ascension St. Vincents to provides onsite mental health services for students. Carmel Clay Schools is dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students. We are grateful for the continued commitment and partnership of our community.