2018 could be record year for school referenda

The Nov. 6 ballot will include 82 referenda questions in 61 school districts.

Over half (44) of these ballot requests will ask voters to approve the issuance of debt.  If all are approved, those requests would provide $1.25 billion for improvements to school facilities. The requests come on top of the $515.8 million in debt issuance approved by voters via local school district referenda earlier this year.

The remaining 38 referenda on the November ballot are for operating purposes.  Of these, 24 seek approval of non-recurring revenue limit exemptions adding up to $157 million; while 14 ask for recurring exemptions to the revenue limit totaling $26.1 million.

Some of the biggest requests for debt issuance (for school construction and maintenance), asking for more than $20 million, are on the ballot in the following school districts:

Middleton-Cross Plains Area              $138.9 million
Wauwatosa                                            $124.9 million
Stevens Point                                           $75.9 million
West De Pere (2 questions)                   $74.7 million
Oak Creek–Franklin                                 $60.9 million
Waukesha                                                 $60.0 million
Cedarburg                                                 $59.8 million
Monona Grove                                         $57.0 million
Oregon                                                       $44.9 million
Burlington                                                 $43.7 million
Edgerton                                                   $40.6 million
Pewaukee                                                  $39.7 million
Viroqua                                                      $36.8 million
Evansville                                                   $34.0 million
Greendale                                                  $33.8 million
Wisconsin Dells                                         $33.7 million
Poynette                                                     $28.4 million
Beloit Turner                                              $26.5 million
Sevastopol                                                  $25.1 million
Waterford Graded                                     $24.9 million
Holmen                                                        $23.5 million

So far this year–at elections held in February, April, and August–local voters have approved 63 of the 74 questions (85 percent), across 55 districts.

This total includes 33 of 40 requests (82.5 percent) for debt issuance; 25 of the 27 requests (93 percent) for non-recurring revenue limit exemptions totaling $129.5 million; and 5 of 7 requests (71.4 percent) for recurring revenue limit exemptions adding up to $2.8 million.

Read More:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article