The Porter County
Election Board approved the inclusion of the Duneland School Corporation
referendum question on the 2019 primary ballot at a meeting Friday.
The wording of the
question, which Duneland voters will see either during early voting or on
Primary Day, Tuesday, May 7, is as follows:
“For the seven (7)
calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall
the Duneland School Corporation continue to impose a property tax rate that
does not exceed twenty-two cents ($0.22) on each one hundred dollars ($100)
of assessed valuation for the purpose of funding and maintaining the current
educational and operational programs including student safety and building
security, compensating teachers and staff, maintaining class sizes and any
other educational or operation needs of the School Corporation? The tax rate
requested in this referendum was originally approved by the voters in the
Duneland School Corporation in 2012.”
DSC will foot the
bill for holding elections in Towns that don’t have a contested race and
unincorporated areas. DSC Attorney Charles Parkinson said at the meeting
that DSC is prepared to reimburse the County for those expenses. Bailey
doesn’t yet have an estimate of that cost.
Trustee Jan Meyers spoke at the meeting to ask how DSC voters from
unincorporated areas will vote. “Voters, I feel, have the privilege to vote
in their respective areas,” Meyers said.
Porter County Clerk
Jessica Bailey said some polling places will be consolidated, as the
referendum is the only question on the ballot in certain areas and some
communities voting on the referendum have no contested races.
residents of unincorporated areas in the District won’t have to leave their
Townships to vote, though they might not vote at their usual places. Voters
will be notified by mail if their polling places change.
also vote early at the usual spots starting April 9.
15 of the County’s
46 approved polling places for the municipal primary this year will be in
Duneland. The County will need 306 pollworkers to staff all 46.
Attorney Monica Conrad said it is the responsibility of the respective party
chairmen to recruit pollworkers and submit their names to the Clerk by noon
on March 22. Precinct committeemen are supposed to gather names and submit
them to party chairmen. The Clerk is tasked with finding more workers if
this method falls short.
Bailey said those
interested in working the polls can contact their party chairman, or call
the Clerk’s Office at (219)465-3450. Voters can also visit the Porter County
Democrat or Republican party websites for information on working the polls.
The following are
the polling places, by township, for the 2019 municipal primary election in
Duneland, per the Porter County Election Board’s approved list.
School, precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Intermediate School, precincts 1, 2, 5, and 6.
Church, precinct 3.
Community Building, precincts 4 and 7.
Administration Building, precinct 2.
School, precinct 1.
Methodist Church, precincts 1 and 10.
School, precinct 3.
School, precincts 4 and 12.
Porter Town Hall,
precincts 5 and 7.
Department, precincts 6 and 16.
Hall, precinct 8.
School, precincts 9 and 14.
Burns Harbor Town
Hall, precinct 11.
Dunes/Porter County Visitor Center, precinct 13.
Church, precinct 18.
Elementary School, West. precinct 17.