Wisconsin Voters Raise Taxes on Themselves as Most School Referenda Pass
Wisconsin voters approved about seven out of ten school ballot initiatives Tuesday, voluntarily raising property taxes in order to fund services or improved infrastructure in their districts.
Twenty-six different referenda passed in 22 different districts yesterday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The largest successful referendum was a $60 million initiative to rebuild or expand two middle schools in the Middleton-Cross Plains district, with the goal of relieving student overcrowding and addressing a mold issue in one of the buildings.
Eleven referenda in ten different districts failed on Tuesday. The largest referendum that failed called for $33 million investment in infrastructure in the Pulaski Community School District, which would have provided money for repairs and/or additions in all of the district schools, along with an upgrade in classroom technology. One referendum was cancelled.