Amendment to Referenda/Borrowing Restriction Bill Offered

The author of Assembly Bill 481, state Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh), has introduced an amendment to his proposal to restrict when school boards may schedule school referenda and use certain types of borrowing.

Assembly Amendment 1 would reduce the  bill’s original two-year (730-day) proposed moratorium period on additional referenda, bonding and borrowing following a failed referendum to one year (365 days).  It also removes restrictions on short-term borrowing proposed as part of the original bill.  All other restrictions on borrowing (e.g., promissory notes, state trust fund loans, etc.) would remain in the bill.

While these two changes can be viewed as positive changes they do not change the WASB’s opposition to this bill.

Keep this change in mind and acknowledge it when contacting your legislators or preparing testimony.  We encourage WASB members to continue to strongly oppose this bill.

Please also note that the “one-year” moratorium would actually be nearly a year-and-a-half moratorium if a failed referendum vote occurs in November of an even-numbered year.  Because there is no fall general election in a odd-numbered year, a school district would have to wait until the  spring election (April) following the expiration of the one-year moratorium in order to go back to its voters–one year and five months after the initial failed referendum.