Statewide, voters in various school districts will see 67 school-related referendums on the Nov. 8 ballot. Of those, 42 ask voters to approve the issuance of debt for capital projects (new construction, renovation or remodeling of existing buildings, deferred maintenance, etc.). Those 42 referendums request a total of nearly $1.14 billion in bonding authority.
The remaining 25 questions seek voter approval to exceed the revenue limits. Of those, 14 ask voters to approve exceeding the revenue limits on a temporary basis while 11 would exceed revenue limits on a permanent basis.
The largest bond questions around the state include: two questions that total $159 million for the Chippewa Falls School District in northwest Wisconsin for the replacement of an elementary school, an $89.5 million facilities referendum for the construction of two elementary schools in the Sun Prairie School District just northeast of Madison, and an $87 million ask to build a high school and swimming pool in the Milton School District in Rock County, and an $84 million request in Germantown to fund district-wide building improvements, including a field house, a performing art center, and a swimming pool.
Among the other largest bonding “asks” are those in the McFarland School District, just southeast of Madison, which is asking voters for $65.1 million to improve and expand several facilities, and in the Arrowhead Union High School District in Hartland, which is seeking $64.7 million for building improvements.
The Wheeler Report Blog has published a complete listing of all the school-related referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot. You can access the list here.