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Spring ballot features 70 local school district referendum questions

by | Mar 22, 2021 | Election, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

In addition to the race for State Superintendent and races for local school board seats on the April 6 ballot, there will be 70 important school district referenda on the ballot as well.   

The April 6 Spring Election marks the final time school districts can place a referendum before district voters during calendar 2021.  The next opportunity won’t come again until the Spring Primary in February 2022.

The 70 ballot questions on this year’s Spring ballot compares with 57 school referenda in April 2020 and 51 school referenda on last November’s ballot.

Here is a rundown of school district referenda on the Spring Election ballot:

District Name

Total Amount

Type

Brief Description

Alma Center

$4,900,000.00

Issue Debt

To address energy efficiency projects, capital maintenance improvements, as well as the completion of a new athletic stadium complex.

Bangor

$2,700,000.00

NR – 2022

Exceed the revenue cap by $900,000 per year for three years beginning in 2022-2023 school year and ending with the 2024-2025 school year for non-recurring purposes.

Barron Area

$24,500,000.00

Issue Debt

Resolution Number I–Authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $24,500,000.

Barron Area

$1,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Initial Resolution Number II–Authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,900,000

Benton

$43,000.00

Issue Debt

For district building and site improvements and capital maintenance repairs.

Black Hawk

$14,225,000.00

Issue Debt

Capital Improvements – Removal of portion of building and new construction.

Bonduel

$12,500,000.00

Issue Debt

Paying the cost of a district-wide school facility improvement project consisting of:  renovations, building infrastructure, security and site improvements, including classroom and ADA accessibility updates and HVAC improvements, and construction of an addition for a gymnasium and locker room at the Junior High/High School campus; remodeling for a secure entrance and building infrastructure improvements at the Elementary School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Brighton #1

$3,975,000.00

Issue Debt

To build a STEM lab, a new art/music room, renovate the library media center, add a special education suite, and improve the building site to have a separate bus drop off to improve student safety.

Bruce

$2,000,000.00

NR – 2021

Operating expenses

Cambria-Friesland

$5,000,000.00

NR – 2021

To exceed the revenue limit for non-recurring purposes to maintain academic and educational programs, technology, and address facility needs.

Central/Westosha UHS

$39,600,000.00

Issue Debt

The proposal focuses on four key areas:
1.  Enhance Safety & Security — Modify the main entrance to better monitor and control visitor access; upgrade/add security cameras and exterior locks; and revise drop-off/pick-up traffic flow.
2.  Upgrade Building Infrastructure — Replace lighting, flooring, ceilings, and walls; remove asbestos; replace sections of roof; and update plumbing, heating/ventilation, and electrical systems that have exceeded their useful life.
3.  Modernize Educational Spaces — Create and renovate spaces to provide better access to technology, flexible furniture, small-group instruction spaces, and modern art, choir, and Family & Consumer Science areas.
4.  Expand Activities & Arts Areas — Add a new gymnasium and cafeteria/commons and renovate the existing cafeteria to become an auditorium to support physical education, art programs, and community events.

 

Cumberland

$32,500,000.00

Issue Debt

To pay the cost of a school addition and improvement project at the High School/Middle School campus to include: partial removal of the current High School building, renovations and construction of multipurpose academic spaces and support areas, an auditorium and a gymnasium; safety, security, technology, capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements; ADA accessibility updates; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment

Darlington Community

$9,500,000.00

NR – 2021

Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit by $1,900,000 Per Year for Five Years for Non-Recurring Purposes

East Troy Community

$8,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Bonds in an amount not to exceed $8,000,000 for school wide maintenance and improvements.

East Troy Community

$8,000,000.00

NR – 2021

Non-recurring, five year referendum to exceed the revenue limits for operating purposes of maintaining existing programs and staffing.

Edgar

$800,000.00

RR – 2021

three-year for recurring purposes consisting of facility maintenance and operational expenses

Elcho

$4,000,000.00

NR – 2021

General Operation and Maintenance expense

Florence

$5,450,000.00

NR – 2021

Referendum to exceed revenue cap for four years beginning FY2021-2022

Genoa City J2

$2,100,000.00
$500,000 in 2021-22,

$700,000 in 2022-23;

$900,000 in 2023-24

NR – 2021

Three-year non-recurring referendum for operational purposes. The maximum amount each year varies.

Grantsburg

$17,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Close Nelson Primary School, Remodel/ renovate Elementary School, Add classrooms and gymnasium to Middle School, addition to High School to construct secure entrance and offices

Grantsburg

$4,235,000.00

Issue Debt

Multi-purpose Gymnasium at High School

Hortonville

$41,800,000.00

Issue Debt

For renovations and additions at both Greenville Middle School and Hortonville High School.  These projects will assist with growth and add appropriate and flexible space for current education needs.

Hortonville

$12,200,000.00

Issue Debt

Addition of a multipurpose facility at Hortonville High School for school and community use.  The project cost is $12.2M with minimal tax impact ($22 per $100,000 of value).

Howards Grove

$35,000,000.00

Issue Debt

For new middle school and other capital improvements

Howard-Suamico

$25,000,000.00

NR – 2023

Exceed the revenue limit for five years beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and ending with the 2027-2028 school year by an amount of $5,000,000 each year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance

Howard-Suamico

$98,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue general obligation bonds to pay the cost of a school building improvement project consisting of: renovations, including improvements to learning environments, safety and security improvements and construction of additions for new gymnasiums at Bay View Middle School and Forest Glen Elementary School; district-wide capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Hustisford

$900,000.00

NR – 2022

To exceed revenue limit by $300,000 each year for three years (starting in Fiscal Year 2022)

Independence

$2,100,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed Revenue Limit by $700,000 per year for 3 years.

Kickapoo Area

$2,000,000.00

Issue Debt

To pay the cost of a pool facility building and improvement project at the existing facility.

Kohler

$17,550,000.00

Issue Debt

District wide school facility improvement project.

Kohler

$2,590,000.00

Issue Debt

Improvements to outdoor athletic facilities and related site improvements.

Lake Geneva J1

$750,000.00

RR – 2021

$750,000 rr consisting of ongoing operational expenses, technology, safety to maintain current educational programming?

Lake Geneva-Genoa UHS

$6,000,000.00

Issue Debt

$6,000,000 paying cost of renovations, capital maintenance and updates at the school facilities and site

Lake Geneva-Genoa UHS

$750,000.00

RR – 2021

750000 for recurring purposes consisting of ongoing operational expenses, technology and safety upgrades and maintain current educational programming

Lena

$4,250,000.00

NR – 2021

Operational

Linn J4

$250,000.00

RR – 2021

Recurring purposes

Luck

$6,980,000.00

Issue Debt

General Obligations Bonds

Manitowoc

$12,900,000.00

NR – 2021

Manitowoc Public School District is seeking approval from its tax payers for a non-recurring referendum to increase the revenue limit an additional 4.3 million dollars each year for the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 fiscal years.

Medford Area

$39,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Resolution Providing for a Referendum Election of the approval of an Initial resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $39,900,000

Monroe

$5,600,000.00

Issue Debt

School Facility Improvements at Northside Elementary School

New Glarus

$28,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue general obligation to pay the cost of a school building and improvement project consisting of: construction of a grade 4K-2 primary school; renovations, capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements at the current Elementary School; renovations and a technical education/shop addition at the Middle School/High School; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Nicolet UHS

$23,400,000.00

NR – 2022

Exceed revenue limit by $3.9 million for six years for non-recurring purposes.

Oconto

$13,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Issuance of GO Bonds in an amount not to exceed $13,000,000

Oconto

$4,000,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed revenue cap by $800,000 for five years.

Oconto Falls

$4,400,000.00

RR – 2021

Exceed revenue limit to maintain current programs and services and to fund building maintenance, competitive staff compensation, expanded course offerings and additional building security improvements.

Peshtigo

$33,200,000.00

Issue Debt

School building and facility improvement project at the Middle/High School.

Peshtigo

$1,825,000.00

Issue Debt

Construction of additional athletic fields and related facilities, site improvements and acquisition of related equipment.

Phelps

$7,092,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed revenue cap in the amount of 1,182,000.00 each year for 6 years.

Randall J1

$2,700,000.00

NR – 2021

Authorization to exceed the revenue limit by $900,000 per year for the 2021-22 school year through the 2023-2024 school year.

Reedsville

$11,500,000.00

Issue Debt

 

Richland

$19,700,000.00

Issue Debt

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $19,700,000

Riverdale

$7,910,000.00

NR – 2022

Resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed revenue limit for nineteen years for non-recurring purposes.

Saint Croix Central

$22,500,000.00

Issue Debt

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS
IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $22,500,000

Saint Croix Central

$4,850,000.00

RR – 2021

RESOLUTION TO EXCEED REVENUE CAP COMMENCING WITH THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Saint Francis

$3,200,000.00

NR – 2021

Non-Recurring referendum to exceed revenue limit by $800,000 per year for operational purposes 2021-2022 through 2024-2025

Saint Francis

$30,600,000.00

Issue Debt

Referendum to issue debt in the amount of $30,600,000 for District-wide facilities additions and improvements.

Seymour Community

$6,550,000.00

Issue Debt

Technology Education Addition and renovation as well as improvements to site at middle school and high school.

Spencer

$975,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed Revenue Limit by $975,000 for the 2021-2022 School Year for Non-Recurring Purposes

Tomahawk

$13,000,000.00

NR – 2021

Beginning 2021-22 school year 3.25M per year non-recurring referendum ending 2024-2025.

Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated

$3,000,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed revenue limit for five years for non-recurring purposes.

Wabeno Area

$12,500,000.00

NR – 2022

To exceed the revenue limit for operational purposes by $2,500,000 per year for five years from 2022-23 to 2026-27.

Washington

$1,450,000 (total)
$675,000 in 2021-22; $775,000 in 2022-23

NR – 2022-2023

 

Wausau

$4,000,000.00

RR – 2021

To exceed the revenue limit by $4,000,000 beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, for recurring purposes consisting of expenses related to maintaining educational programs and staffing, providing full pupil services teams at each elementary school, and other safety, operational, and maintenance expenses?

Wausau

$148,800,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue debt in the amount of $148,800,000 for district-wide safety and security, school modernization, building infrastructure, capital maintenance and site improvements; remodeling at the elementary, middle and high schools; construction of additions at Horace Mann and John Muir Middle Schools, West High School and Grant, Lincoln, Hawthorn Hills, Maine, Rib Mountain, Riverview, South Mountain and Stettin Elementary Schools; construction of a new School Forest Environmental Center; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?

Weston

$3,900,000.00

NR – 2021

Exceed the revenue limit by $975,000 per year for four years for non-recurring purposes.

Weston

$1,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Initial Resolution authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,900,000.

Wisconsin Dells

$4,890,400.00

RR – 2021

To exceed the revenue limit for recurring purposes to maintain existing programs and services.

Wisconsin Heights

$7,500,000.00

Issue Debt

Add Auditorium to current Middle School/High School location

Wisconsin Rapids

$10,000,000.00

NR – 2021

To exceed the revenue limit by $2,000,000 per year for five years, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year and ending with the 2025-2026 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of technology and curriculum updates.

Wisconsin Rapids

$34,000,000.00

Issue Debt

To issue general obligation bonds to pay the cost of a district-wide school building and facility improvement project consisting of: construction of secure entrances at all schools; renovations to science classrooms, labs and other areas and construction of an addition for a new Library/Student Resource Center and main office at Lincoln High School; construction of an addition for a new gymnasium and renovations at Rudolph Elementary School (THINK Academy); capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements; and acquisition of furnishings fixtures and equipment.

 

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