Wisconsin voters on Tuesday sent a clear message that they strongly support their public schools, passing 19 of the 20 largest local school referendums on the ballot, totaling over $1 billion. Overall, voters statewide approved 77 of the 82 referendums, totaling $1.3 billion.
“Voters came out in droves to support their public schools,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They passed referendums to make up for what the governor and majority in the Legislature refused to fund, and they elected an educator to lead our state. This is a mandate to make education a priority again in Wisconsin.”
In total, there were 82 referendum questions in 61 school districts, totaling $1.4 billion. The 20 largest referendums totaled over $1 billion alone. The only one of those that failed was in Viroqua ($36.8 million). The other 19 that were approved were:
- Middleton-Cross Plains Area: $138.9 million
- Wauwatosa: $124.9 million
- Stevens Point: $75.9 million
- West De Pere (2 questions): $74.7 million
- Oak Creek–Franklin: $60.9 million
- Waukesha: $60.0 million
- Cedarburg: $59.8 million
- Monona Grove: $57.0 million
- Oregon: $44.9 million
- Burlington: $43.7 million
- Edgerton: $40.6 million
- Pewaukee: $39.7 million
- Evansville: $34.0 million
- Greendale: $33.8 million
- Wisconsin Dells: $33.7 million
- Poynette: $28.4 million
- Beloit Turner: $26.5 million
- Sevastopol: $25.1 million
- Waterford Graded: $24.9 million
Find out details about all the school referendums at https://apps4.dpi.wi.gov/referendum/customreporting.aspx.
Wisconsin taxpayers voted to pour at least $1.3 billion more into their local public schools on Tuesday, raising their own property taxes in most cases to pay for it and making 2018 another record year for school district referendums. Capping an election cycle in which education issues dominated the governor’s race, voters approved 77 referendums by school districts asking to borrow money for capital projects or exceed their state-mandated revenue limits to maintain or expand programming.