Strong Support Shown for School Referenda Statewide

Fifty-five out of 71 referendum questions on Tuesday’s spring election  ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 77%.

Of those, 37 questions were for debt issuance with 26 (70%) passing.  Of the 34 questions in which voters were asked to allow the district to exceed the revenue limit, 23 asked to exceed  the revenue limit  on a non-recurring basis with 20 (87%)  passing.  Nine of the 11 questions (82%) asking to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis were approved.

Here is the full list of results courtesy of the Wheeler Report:

District Name Total Amount

Type

Brief Description
Albany

Passed

$1,200,000.00

RR – 2016

Recurring referendum 2016-17 $800,000; 2017-18 $200,000; 2018-19 $200,000
Algoma

Passed

$4,860,000.00

Issue Debt

Renovations, improvements and additions to the elementary school; high school restroom renovations; parking lot improvements at each school building; and equipment acquisition related to said projects.
Antigo

Failed

$25,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue Debt in an amount not to exceed $25,900,000 to build an new elementary school and additions and remodeling at the remaining two elementary schools.
Argyle

Passed

$6,500,000.00

Issue Debt

General obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,500,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school improvement program at District buildings and grounds consisting of:  HVAC upgrades and improvements; roof and flooring repairs and replacement; additions for technical education classroom and shop space, new storage and office space and a new maintenance and storage garage; remodeling and renovations to classroom space, the Elementary School gymnasium and locker rooms; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Argyle

Passed

$2,600,000.00

Issue Debt

General obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,600,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing a new High School gymnasium, restrooms, office and storage space.
Ashland

Passed

$34,360,000.00

Issue Debt

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Ashland, Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $34,360,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and improvement program at all District facilities and grounds consisting of: additions for classrooms and learning space; remodeling and modernization of facilities; energy efficiency and management system upgrades; technology, safety and security improvements, including secure main entrances; construction of a new fieldhouse; parking and site improvements; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Auburndale

Passed

 

$500,000.00

RR – 2017

Shall the School District of Auburndale be allowed to exceed the revenue limit specified in § 121.91, Wis. Stats., by up to $500,000 commencing with the 2017-2018 school year on a recurring basis; by up to an additional $200,000 in the 2018-2019 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $700,000; by up to an additional $300,000 in the 2019-2020 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $800,000; and by up to an additional $400,000 in the 2020-2021 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $900,000, all for the purpose of maintaining current levels of educational programming, expenditures and operations?
Auburndale

Passed

$900,000.00

NR – 2018

Shall the School District of Auburndale be allowed to exceed the revenue limit specified in § 121.91, Wis. Stats., by up to $500,000 commencing with the 2017-2018 school year on a recurring basis; by up to an additional $200,000 in the 2018-2019 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $700,000; by up to an additional $300,000 in the 2019-2020 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $800,000; and by up to an additional $400,000 in the 2020-2021 school year on a non-recurring basis, making a total of $900,000, all for the purpose of maintaining current levels of educational programming, expenditures and operations?
Barron Area

Passed

$4,500,000.00

NR – 2017

Non-recurring referendum to exceed the revenue cap for five years 2017-18 through 2021-22 for the purpose of completing multiple necessary major maintenance projects and retaining high quality staff.
Bloomer

Passed

$3,500,000.00

Issue Debt

$3,500,000.00 for constructing an addition on our Middle School for classroom space, a technical education and agricultural room, a computer lab, bathrooms and additional storage space; Middle School bathroom, kitchen and storage room remodeling; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Boscobel

Failed

$20,000,000.00

Issue Debt

To pay the cost of a school building improvement program, consisting of constructing a building addition to the high school and making related improvements to combine all grades at one location, and acquire furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Boscobel

Passed

$1,800,000.00

RR – 2016

To Exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis for continuing and enhancing the educational programs of the District and maintaining the current level of District Operations
Brodhead

Passed

$2,850,000.00

NR – 2016

To exceed the revenue limit by $950,000, on a non-recurring basis, for each of the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, to be used to maintain facilities and programs, and for debt retirement.
Chilton

Failed

$5,200,000.00

NR – 2016

educational programming
Cumberland

Passed

$2,100,000.00

RR – 2016

Recurring purposes consisting of operating expenses and educational programming.
Darlington Community

Failed

$2,200,000.00

RR – 2016

For recurring purposes consisting of maintained and enhanced educational programming

beginning 2016-2017 and thereafter.

Dodgeville

Passed

$19,995,000.00

Issue Debt

Borrowing amount not to exceed $19,995,000 for the public purpose of paying the

cost of a school improvement program consisting of district-wide infrastructure improvements;

additions and remodeling at Dodgeville High School; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and

equipment.

Ellsworth Community

Passed

$31,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Constructing and equipping a new four year old kindergarten through grade 5 elementary school with administrative offices.
Gillett

Failed

$3,800,000.00

NR – 2016

Non recurring referendum to exceed revenue limit by $950,000 for 4 years
Goodman-Armstrong

Passed

$1,650,000.00

NR – 2016

Exceed revenue cap by $550,000 for three years
Grafton

Failed

$47,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue GO Bonds not to exceed $47,700,000 for the purpose of paying the costs of additions, remodeling, renovations and upgrades to all District buildings including constructing a new middle school facility and new technical education center adjacent to the high school, converting the existing middle school to an elementary school facility, upgrades and additions to the Woodview and Kennedy Elementary Schools and Grafton High School and equipment acquisition related to the project.
Grafton

Failed

$1,800,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue bonds not to exceed $1,800,000 for the purpose of paying the costs of improvements and repairs to outdoor physical education, athletic and community recreation areas and equipment acquisition related to the project.
 

Green Lake

Passed

 

$2,400,000.00

NR – 2016

Greenwood

Passed

$3,850,000.00

NR – 2016

For non-recurring purposes to maintain academic, co-curricular and athletic programs for students, upgrade technology education equipment, and continued maintenance of district facilities.
Gresham

Failed

$6,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue debt to replace high school section of facility, raze the current high school, construct additional academic and administrative space in location of razed portion of building, and renovations to remaining facilities and parking improvements.
Gresham

Failed

 

$3,200,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue debt for the purpose of expanding academic, athletic, and recreational space at the school including a new gymnasium and locker rooms, replacing soccer field and track and field areas, additional parking.
Hudson

Passed

$74,300,000.00

Issue Debt

High School Additions, Renovations and Upgrades
Hudson

Passed

$7,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Middle School Additions, Renovations and Upgrades
Hudson

Passed

$8,200,000.00

Issue Debt

High School Multi-Use Athletic Facilities and High School Auditorium Renovations and Upgrades
Iowa-Grant

Passed

$1,800,000.00

RR – 2016

To authorize the District to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis of $1,800,000 starting in the school year 2016-17 for District programs and operations including building and maintenance projects.
Juda

Passed

$5,700,000.00

Issue Debt

General Obligation Bonds or Promissory Notes in an amount not to exceed $5,700,000 for the purpose of paying the costs of improvements, remodeling, renovations and repairs to the District’s buildings and grounds and equipment acquisition to address key areas of needs in facilities, safety/security, curriculum/instruction and technology.
Juda

Passed

$150,000.00

RR – 2016

School district budget shall include an amount not to exceed $150,000 in excess of the revenue limits imposed by Section 121.91 of the Wisconsin Statutes each year beginning with the 2016-17 school year on a recurring basis for the purpose of paying District operation costs including curriculum, utilities, technology, insurance, professional development and staffing needs.
Lake Holcombe

Passed

$2,025,000.00

NR – 2016

Exceed revenue caps by $675,000 for three years beginning with the 2016-17 school year through the 2018-19 school year for operational & maintenance expenses.
Lena

Passed

$3,250,000.00

NR – 2016

Referendum to exceed the revenue limit for 5 years starting with the 2016-17 school year.
Medford Area

Passed

$3,205,000.00

Issue Debt

Medford Area

Passed

$975,000.00

Issue Debt

Menomonee Falls

Passed

$32,700,000.00

Issue Debt

$32,700,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a district-wide facility improvement program
Menomonee Falls

Failed

$3,750,000.00

RR – 2016

Exceed the revenue limit by $1,250,000 in the 2016-2017 school year and by an additional $1,250,000 a year in each of the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years for a total of $3,750,000 for the 2018-2019 school year and remain at $3,750,000 each year going forward, for recurring purposes consisting of safeguarding learning opportunities and sustaining class size.
Mishicot

Passed

$10,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue GO bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school improvement program at District buildings consisting of:  technology improvements, plumbing, HVAC and electrical infrastructure improvements; student instructional spaces, restroom, office, corridor, athletic space and kitchen renovations and remodeling; a locker room addition and renovations; door replacement; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Monona Grove

Passed

$13,000,000.00

NR – 2016

Shall  the  Monona  Grove  School  District,  Dane  County,  Wisconsin  be authorized  to  exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes,  by up to $2,600,000 per year for a period of five years on a non-recurring  basis beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, and ending  with the 2020-2021  school  year, for the purpose of funding  School District operations, including,   but   not   limited   to,   costs   associated   with   curriculum,   technology,   personnel, maintenance, equipment purchases, and facility improvements.
Montello

Passed

$3,600,000.00

NR – 2016

To maintain instructional programming.
Mosinee

Failed

$44,970,000.00

Issue Debt

construction project as indicated.
Mosinee

Failed

$383,000.00

Issue Debt

operating cost referendum
Mukwonago

Passed

$49,500,000.00

Issue Debt

School building and improvement program at Mukwonago High School
Mukwonago

Passed

$7,000,000.00

NR – 2017

Operational and maintenance expenses at Mukwonago High School
Muskego-Norway

Passed

$43,180,000.00

Issue Debt

To build a new middle school on district-owned property and construct additions and renovations to other existing school buildings.
Nicolet UHS

Passed

$18,900,000.00

NR – 2016

Resolution authorizing the Nicolet Unified High School District budget to exceed revenue limit by $3.15 million for six years for non-recurring purposes.
Oshkosh Area

Passed

$28,000,000.00

NR – 2016

To Exceed the revenue cap on a non-recurring basis by $4,000,000 for 7 years.
Peshtigo

Failed

$33,900,000.00

Issue Debt

Construct a new middle-high school and auditorium; demolish and remove existing middle-high school; develop surrounding green space; acquire furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Portage Community

Passed

$13,000,000.00

NR – 2016

Operational Referendum
Prairie Du Chien Area

Passed

$1,340,000.00

RR – 2016

Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit for Recurring Purposes
Prairie Du Chien Area

Passed

$18,900,000.00

Issue Debt

AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $18,900,000
Richland

Passed

$475,000.00

RR – 2016

Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget To Exceed Revenue Limit By $475,000 for Recurring Purposes
Richland

Passed

$3,470,000.00

Issue Debt

Richland

Passed

$5,260,000.00

Issue Debt

Rio Community

Passed

$2,700,000.00

NR – 2016

Exceed Revenue Limit for Three Years for Operating Purposes
Solon Springs

Passed

$500,000.00

RR – 2016

For the purpose of maintaining current educational programming, expenditures, and operations
Somerset

Failed

$4,298,000.00

NR – 2016

Spencer

Passed

$4,875,000.00

NR – 2016

Authorize School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit by $975,000 for five years for non-recurring purposes
Spring Valley

Passed

$3,200,000.00

NR – 2016

REFERENDUM AUTHORIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET TO EXCEED REVENUE LIMITS BY $800,000 FOR FOUR YEARS FOR NON-RECURRING PURPOSES
Stratford

Passed

$15,995,000.00

Issue Debt

School improvement program at the High School and Elementary School consisting of renovations, remodeling, infrastructure and capital maintenance improvements, a classroom addition, technology and security upgrades, asbestos abatement and site improvements; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Stratford

Failed

$7,995,000.00

Issue Debt

Construct and equip an auditorium, gymnasium, lobby and restrooms.
Sturgeon Bay

Passed

$6,850,000.00

NR – 2016

Superior

Passed

$92,500,000.00

Issue Debt

Capital building referendum
Tomah Area

Passed

$4,500,000.00

NR – 2016

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET TO EXCEED REVENUE LIMIT BY $1,5OO,OOO FOR THREE YEARS FOR NON-RECURRING PURPOSES
Waterford UHS

Failed

$12,210,000.00

Issue Debt

FIELD HOUSE AND FITNESS CENTER CONSTRUCTION
West Salem

Passed

$500,000.00

Issue Debt

Renovating and improving the District transportation facility; and acquiring related fixtures and equipment.
West Salem

Passed

$1,000,000.00

Issue Debt

Renovating and improving the District swimming pool and pool house; and acquiring related fixtures, furnishings and equipment.
Westby Area

Passed

$2,995,000.00

Issue Debt

Issue debt for paying for the cost of constructing and equipping a Performing Arts Center.
Winneconne Community

Passed

$12,500,000.00

Issue Debt

paying the cost of a school building improvement program at the Winneconne High School – addition to and renovation of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) facilities and construction of related improvements; addition of an auditorium; acquiring furniture, fixtures & equipment.
Winneconne Community

Passed

$1,200,000.00

NR – 2017

for purposes of paying operation and maintenance expenses relating to facilities for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs and the auditorium at Winneconne High School

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