Central/Westosha Referendum (2009)

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The Central/Westosha Referendum was a measure on the January 20 ballot due to the school board of the Central High School District of Westosha, which lies in Kenosha County and Racine County, where it passed. The measure asked the voters if they are in favor of issuing up to $7,890,000 in debt to the school district in order to pay for improvements to the school's infrastructure.

The referendum passed.[1]


Passed. Final numbers, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Referenda Database, are 1133 "yes" votes and 673 "no" votes.[2]

Unofficial vote tally of 1133 "yes" votes and 598 "no" votes according to the district.[3]

Tax impact

The district will be retiring a debt in 2012, which would lower property taxes. If this measure is approved, rather than allowing taxes to lower they will remain at the same level they are currently.[4]

Wording of referendum

Be it resolved by the schhol (sic) board of the Central High School District of Westosha, Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $7,890,000 for the public purpose of constructing and improving new and existing athletic facilities; constructing, improving and expanding roads and parking lots, improving infrastructure and acquiring equipment[2]

Who can vote on this measure?

Residents of the Towns of Brighton, Bristol, Dover, Paris, Salem and Wheatland; the City of Kenosha; and the Villages of Paddock Lane and Pleasant Prairie will be voting on this measure.[5]

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