Until March 21, blue will mean stop and yellow will mean go for property owners in Greater Clark County Schools’ tax district.

The petition drive to determine the future of Greater Clark’s building project has finished its first week with seemingly strong support for the plan.

About 400 pro-project petitions forms were logged out as of Friday afternoon from the Clark County Auditor’s Office, Auditor Barbara Bratcher Haas said. About 70 anti-project petitions were logged out.

Greater Clark property owners who support the projects should sign yellow petitions. Those who oppose the project should sign blue petitions.

“It’s been very orderly so far,” Haas said.

The petitions, prescribed by state statute, must be picked up at the auditor’s office. Only petitions from the auditor’s office can be counted in the final tally that will determine the project’s future.

The auditor’s office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is on the first floor of the City-County Building on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

Each petition — with 25 spots for signatures — is numbered, Haas said. The petitions must be logged out with a date and time through the auditor’s office.

Haas’ office must verify the signers are property owners in Greater Clark’s tax district.

The Greater Clark project would rebuild Charlestown High School on a different site and renovate Jeffersonville High School and New Washington Middle/High School.

The plan would cost as much as $100 million.

It could increase property taxes per assessed $100 by about 16 cents, according to information provided last month by the school corporation.

School trustees in January reduced the maximum cost from $165 million after community members led by Kim Matthews collected the mandated 100 property owner signatures to begin the remonstrance process.

Matthews and most of his supports favor the reduced project.

Still, some Greater Clark district residents oppose the plan because of its affects on property taxes.

Throughout Clark County, homes have blue yards signs opposing the project and yellow yard signs favoring the project.

The remonstrance process allows community members to protest a major capital project through a petition drive of property owners.

Project supporters and opponents collect signatures on the mandated petitions for 30 days.

Greater Clark’s remonstrance process began Tuesday.

If supporters collect the most signatures, the project proceeds through the planning process and onto the Indiana Department for Local Government Finance for its review. If the opponents collect the most signatures, the project halts for a year.

The petitions must be returned to auditor’s office by 4:30 p.m. on March 21.

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