The referendum as it will appear on the ballot: Shall Madison Consolidated Schools issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the renovation of and improvements to Madison Consolidated High School, E.O. Muncie Elementary School and Anderson Elementary School, which is estimated to cost not more than $40,470,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt services by a maximum of $0.4028 per $100 of assessed valuation over the 19-year life of the bonds?"
Why is there an editorial on Page One?
Newspapers are very careful to separate news from opinion. That's why most have an opinion page to print editorials and commentary.
Once in a while, however, there is an issue the newspaper feels is so important that an editorial is placed on the front page.
That's the case in today's Madison Courier.
The left side of Page One carries an editorial urging residents to vote "yes" on the upcoming school referendum.
The editorial is clearly labeled "Our Opinion" to separate it from the news on the page.
Our decision also was influenced by the amount of feedback we've received on the referendum issue. Many letters have been published and more are scheduled to be printed.
As with any editorial, our intent is not to be the final word. We hope our thoughts are useful as people formulate their own opinions.
We want to know what you think about this important issue facing voters on May 6.
We encourage letters to the editor and story comments. You can submit letters several ways:
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By regular mail to: The Madison Courier, 310 Courier Square, Madison, IN 47250
By posting comments on our facebook page at www.madisoncourier.com
Or, drop off your letter to our office. We're open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We also are working on a series of stories for Saturday's paper. The package will include pieces from proponents and opponents of the referendum and comments from community members.