Voters Split on School Referendums

Friday, April 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM by

The Supreme Court race isn’t the only issue that evenly divides state voters. Voters approved almost exactly half of the 37 school referendums on Tuesday’s ballot. Nineteen of the referendums passed and eighteen failed.

In total, voters approved more than $106 million in new school spending over the next several years. The largest referendum that passed was in Eau Claire for $52 million for additions and repairs. (Voters also turned down a smaller referendum in Eau Claire to establish an early learning center.) You can find a complete list of school referendums at the Department of Public Instruction website with specific information about each one.

The Governor’s proposals to slash state aid to schools and reduce revenue limits could have an effect on how often schools go to referendum. If schools view referendums as a way to try to mitigate the fiscal impact of these changes, voters may be called to the polls more often.

Tamarine Cornelius

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