Governor Walker has proposed eliminating the revenue limit exemption for energy efficiency projects on a going-forward basis in his state budget proposal. He argues it is necessary to mitigate property tax increases as property tax levies associated with the exemption grew 115% in last three years. School districts would instead be required to go to referendum for these projects.
The WASB opposes eliminating this exemption and will lobby the legislature to remove it from the budget (Resolutions 2.41 (r) & 5.63). See post on our opposition to last session’s bill.
The governor would allocate up to an additional $10,000,000 from Focus on Energy funds annually or up to $20,000,000 over the biennium for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools in the Focus on Energy program for energy efficiency projects, and prioritize the funding to public elementary and secondary schools.