Strong support for school referenda statewide

Fifty-five out of 66 referendum questions on Tuesday’s spring general election ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 83%.  In comparison, last November saw 7 out of 10 being approved for a passage rate of 70%.  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.

Wispolitics reported via its subscription newsletter service that all 13 school districts that were at risk of not being able to utilize the increase in the low revenue ceiling under a new state law because of an unsuccessful revenue limit referendum in the three most recent school years successfully passed operating referenda to avoid being frozen out under that new law.  (See previous post.)  Those districts are: Adams-Friendship Area; Almond-Bancroft; Benton; Ellsworth Community; Howard-Suamico; Kiel Area; Manitowoc; Markesan; Merrill Area; Mondovi; Randall J1; Shullsburg; and Westby Area.

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.

You can access the full list of results on the Department of Public Instruction Referendum website.  Also credit to The Wheeler Report.