A recently introduced Assembly Bill—Assembly Bill 267—aims to call attention to the growing impact of Wisconsin voucher programs on school property taxes.
The “Wisconsin Voucher Taxpayer Transparency Bill,” authored by state Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) would require property tax bills to include information from the school district where the property is located regarding the amount of any net reduction in state aid, if any, to the district as a result of pupils enrolled in the statewide voucher program, the Racine voucher program, or the Milwaukee voucher program. (See news release.)
Continue reading Bill Seeks Transparency on Property Tax Impact of Voucher Funding
West-central Wisconsin legislators discussed school funding issues at a breakfast Friday sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Several legislators who attended the panel held at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Business Education Center agreed that the school funding formula needs an overhaul.
Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) questioned the viability of the revenue limits established in the 1993-94 school year, which limit the amount a district can raise from state aid and local levies and have led to an increase in school referenda to exceed the limits.
“Is that what we really want to do?” he asked. “Keep school districts locally in some kind of a straight jacket that rewards those who were not frugal in the 1980s and ’90s and does the opposite for those who were not spending a lot? That’s what happens.” Continue reading Lawmakers Discuss School Funding Formula/Revenue Limits