Nov. 7 School Referenda Results: 70% Pass

November 7 saw 10 school referendum questions on the ballot with 7 out of 10 being approved by voters.  The passage rate of 70% was somewhat higher than April although there were far fewer questions on the ballot. April 2017 saw 40 out of 65 questions approved for an overall passage rate of 62%.  November 2016 had an 82% approval rate and April 2016 saw 77% pass.

This continues a trend of historically high voter support for public school referenda. During the period from 1996-2010, for example, only 44% of referenda to exceed the revenue limits were approved by voters, according to the figures compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

See below the full list of results from the Department of Public Instruction Referendum website.

District  Vote Date Amount Type Yes No Result Brief Description
Barneveld (0287) 11/07/2017 $3,400,000 Issue Debt 453 154 Passed Renovation and expansion of Multi-Purpose gymnasium, addition of a new industrial arts and STEM area, staff/event parking.
Barneveld (0287) 11/07/2017 $12,900,000 Issue Debt 500 114 Passed Demolition of the oldest portion of the existing school building; construction of an addition for a new elementary school, music rooms and art rooms; construction of a new secure entrance, cafeteria, commons and kitchen; upgrades to restrooms, HVAC and plumbing and electrical systems.
Cochrane-Fountain City (1155) 11/07/2017 $7,000,000 Issue Debt 584 334 Passed Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds or Promissory Notes In An Amount Not To Exceed $7,000,000.00
Florence (1855) 11/07/2017 2018-2019 $1,250,000
2019-2020 $1,250,000
2020-2021 $1,250,000
Total: $3,750,000
NR 2020-2021 383 359 Passed For continuing operations and maintenance of the district.
Freedom Area (1953) 11/07/2017 2020-2021 $740,000
2021-2022 $740,000
2022-2023 $740,000
2023-2024 $740,000
2024-2025 $740,000
Total: $3,700,000
NR 2024-2025 988 1,870 Failed Non-Recurring Debt Referendum for New High School
Freedom Area (1953) 11/07/2017 $66,700,000 Issue Debt 1,055 1,811 Failed New High School and Renovations of current HS/MS and Elementary Schools.
Milton (3612) 11/07/2017 $69,900,000 Issue Debt 2,686 3,311 Failed Issue general obligation bonds for a District-wide school building and improvement program.
Princeton (4606) 11/07/2017 2018-2019 $475,000
2019-2020 $475,000
2020-2021 $475,000
2021-2022 $475,000
2022-2023 $475,000
Total: $2,375,000
NR 2022-2023 278 174 Passed Resolution to increase revenue limits for operational needs.
Three Lakes (5733) 11/07/2017 2018-2019 $3,092,787
2019-2020 $3,092,787
2020-2021 $3,092,787
2021-2022 $3,092,787
2022-2023 $3,092,787
Total: $15,463,935
NR 2022-2023 750 294 Passed To Exceed Revenue Limit by 3,092,787 per year for five years for non-recurring purposes
Union Grove UHS (5852) 11/07/2017 $7,875,000 Issue Debt 789 728 Passed Construction of an agricultural building and greenhouse on land owned by the District; remodeling and renovations in the technology education department; improvements to the science classrooms and conversation of a general classroom to a science classroom; construction of an addition for a wellness center with 3 or 4 classrooms located above the wellness center for future expansion; related site improvements; capital and building infrastructure improvements and repairs, acquisition of furnishing, fixtures and equipment.