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Weyerhaeuser Exceed Revenue Limits (2008)

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The Weyerhaeuser Exceed Revenue Limits referendum was on the April 1 ballot in the School District of Weyerhaeuser, which is in Rusk County. The purpose of the referendum was to exceed the state-set revenue cap by $1,804,357, with the additional funds being directed to the school budget. The additional funds will be used to meet basic operating costs of the district.

Yearly breakdown of costs:

2008-2009 $468,119
2009-2010 $648,119
2010-2011 $688,119
Total: $1,804,357

On April 1, 2008, the district put this referendum on the ballot seeking slightly more money ($1,875,000) where it failed by only five votes: 248-253.

Text of measure

Shall the following resolution be approved? Resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed revenue limit for three years for non-recurring purposes. Be it resolved by the school board of the Weyerhaeuser Area School District, Rusk and Barron Counties, Wisconsin, that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for three years commencing with the 2008-2009 school year by $468,119; for the 2009-2010 school year by $648,119; and ending with the 2010-2011 school year by $688,119, for non-recurring purposes consisting of ongoing operational and maintenance expenses.

Result

Passed by only five votes during a June election: 301 "yes" and 296 "no."A recount was requested, but was found to have failed to follow correct procedures. A second recount confirmed the 301-296 count.[1]

References

  1. Re-count upholds school referendum, Leader-Telegram, October 2, 2008