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Salem School District Referendum (2009)

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The Salem School District Referendum was a bond issue placed on the February 17 ballot by the school board in the Salem School District, in Kenosha County, where it was defeated. The measure sought to exceed the state-set revenue limits for schools by $1,160,000 per year for 3 years, totaling $3,480,000 by 2012. If approved, the additional funds would have been used to pay some of the current costs of the district.

On April 28, 2009, the district once again placed a measure on the ballot. This time they sought $1,160,000 a year to use to prevent cuts to services. The April measure was also defeated.

These measures are similar to two that the school board placed on the ballot in 2008: in September a measure sought to exceed revenue limits by $1,160,000 per year indefinitely (see Salem Exceed Revenue Limit (2008)), and in June there was a measure to exceed revenue limits by $1,595,000 (see Salem Four Year Exceed Revenue Limits Referendum (2008)). Both of those measures failed.

Status

The measure was narrowly defeated in February, with 654 "yes" votes and 694 "no" votes. A slightly modified version was voted on on April 28, 2009. The April measure was soundly defeated, with 746 "yes" votes and 1,257 "no" votes.[1][2]

April referendum

Tax impact

The tax impact if the April version of this bond was passed would have been an additional $254 on a home assessed at $200,000 per year.[3]

Wording of referendum

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Salem School District, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, that the revenues included in the School District budget beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and ending with the 2011-2012 school year be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1,160,000 a year, for non-recurring purposes which would prevent further cuts to student’s educational opportunities and prevent an increase in class sizes.[1]

February referendum

Tax impact

Exceeding the revenue limits would have resulted in an increase of $276 to the annual property tax bill for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000.[4]

Wording of referendum

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Salem School District, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, that the revenues included in the School District budget beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and ending with the 2011-2012 school year be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statures, by $1,160,000 a year, for non-recurring purposes which would prevent further cuts to student's educational opportunities and prevent an increase in class sizes.[1]

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