BERWYN – It has been 27 years since South Berwyn School District 100 has had a tax increase. To say voters spoke on two referendums on Tuesday may be an understatement – they shouted.
Preliminary results from all 22 precincts show both referendums were soundly defeated.
Voters rejected the district's bond issue referendum with 71 percent voting against. A total of 2,555 votes were cast against the $51 million bond issue for infrastructure repairs and school expansion, with supporters casting 1,047 votes in favor.
Voters also declined to support the a referendum to increase the district's limiting rate, voting 79 percent against a rate hike. A total of 2,845 votes were cast against the proposed increase in the limiting rate, while 763 votes were cast in support.
Both items were defeated despite a yeoman's effort by District 100 officials, who took their case to the public Feb. 20 in a forum hosted by the All Berwyn Committee.
When it came time for questions at the forum, many in the audience had the same concern: The ability to pay for a tax increase in hard times.