Strong Support Shown for School Referendums Statewide Once Again

school_referendumsFifty-five out of 67 referendum questions on Tuesday’s fall general election ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 82%.  This is up from the 77% overall rate of approvals seen in April.

This time, 42 questions were for debt issuance with 34 (81%) passing. Of the 25 questions in which voters were asked to allow the district to exceed the revenue limit, 14 asked to exceed the revenue limit  on a non-recurring basis with 11 (79%) passing. Ten of the 11 questions (91%) asking to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis were approved.

Of the largest bond questions around the state, two questions that total $159 million for the Chippewa Falls School District failed, while an $89.5 million facilities referendum in the Sun Prairie School District passed. An $87 million ask to build a high school and swimming pool in the Milton School District failed, and an $84 million request in Germantown to fund district-wide building improvements passed.

Here is the full list of results courtesy of the Wheeler Report.  The DPI also has a history of referendum results database.


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