Wisconsin Voters Raise Taxes on Themselves as Most School Referenda Pass

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM by

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.

Tamarine Cornelius

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