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Eight school bond ballot measures pass in Wisconsin

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February 17, 2010

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Wisconsin: Despite a slumping economy, voters in the State of Wisconsin approved eight out of ten school bond referendums that were placed on spring primary ballot on February 16th.

Eight different school districts held referendums. In Northeast Wisconsin, voters in Shiocton and Hilbert passed referendums. Hilbert voters approved a referendum to improve the middle and high schools after the district on its sixth attempt won voter approval. The voters of Shiocton narrowly passed a referendum to exceed the state's revenue cap by eight votes[1]. Four referendums were held in North Central Wisconsin. Three Lakes voters soundly approved a referendum to exceed spending limits[2] while voters in Edgar and Rhinelander had referendums that went down to the wire. In a close margin, Edgar voters approved bonding for new construction while in Rhinelander two referendum questions were narrowly approved by the voters[1].

The other notable referendum was in Bangor, near LaCrosse, in which voters approved two questions to exceed the debt limit and to approve bonding for improvements to the high school gymnasium[1].

Voters in Brodhead, which is South of Madison, rejected a referendum to exceed the state's revenue caps by 1021-828 margin[3]. The Brodhead referendum was one of two referendums rejected on February 16th. The other was in Green Lake where a bond referendum for facilities and maintenance was narrowly defeated[4].

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