By Tim Kowols
Before Wisconsin voters approved $700 million in additional local school funding during Tuesday’s election according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, state legislators in Madison have been working on bills tweaking the referendum process. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the six bills would limit when and how often referendums could be introduced, eliminate ones that would raise property taxes forever, and penalize school districts exceeding their revenue limits. While proponents say they are trying to keep taxes low, Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent Glenn Schlender says it takes away local control.
Luxemburg-Casco School District is in preliminary discussions about introducing its own referendum to help fund some upcoming improvements but needs school board approval to move forward. Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Washington Island, Algoma, and Kewaunee School Districts have all gone to the voters with referendum questions over the last two-plus years.