Clinton Maintenance Referendum (2009)

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The Clinton Maintenance Referendum was a school bond issue on the February 17 ballot in the School District of Clinton which is in Rock County, where it failed. The purpose of the referendum was to issue debt in the amount of $9,630,000, with the funds going to the school budget. The additional funds would have been used for the construction of additional facilities (gym/music/art) and updating and improving all district buildings.

This exact measure was previously put to the voters on November 4, 2008 where it was defeated by 28 votes. See Clinton Maintenance Referendum (2008). District officials credit the loss to a lack of awareness from the voting public, and indicate the narrow defeat of the measure before as a good reason to try again. As School Board Vice President Kenneth Luety puts it: "If it wouldn't have been as close as it was," he said, "I don't think we'd be going again."[1] However, the measure failed on the second attempt as well.

Actual Wording

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Clinton Community School District, Rock and Walworth Counties, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,630,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of making security and safety improvements to all District buildings; replacing the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air cooling) system and making site improvements at the Elementary School; upgrading and improving the plumbing, electrical and fire protection systems and undertaking various repair, replacement and improvement projects at the Elementary and Middle Schools; constructing kitchen, music, art, office and gym additions at the Elementary School (gym and office additions allowing for traffic and safety improvements); and acquiring furniture, fixtures and equipment at all District buildings.[2]


Defeated on 11/4/08 by 28 votes, 1,402 to 1,430. After this defeat, the Clinton school board voted to place the exact same measure before the voters a second time on the February 17, 2009 special election. The measure was defeated again on 2/17/09, with 579 "yes" votes and 968 "no" votes.[2]

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