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Highland School District Referendum (2009)

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The Highland School District Referendum was a bond issue placed on the February 17 ballot by the school board in the Highland School District, in Iowa County where it was defeated. The measure sought to exceed the state-set revenue limits for schools by $405,000 by 2011, and an additional $405,000 per year thereafter. If approved, the additional funds would have been used to pay basic recurring costs of the district.

Annual breakdown:
2009: $150,000
2010: $130,000
2011: $125,000
Total: $405,000 by 2011 and annually thereafter


The measure was defeated, with 158 "yes" votes and 298 "no" votes.[1]

Tax impact

The estimated increase for a $100,000 home is:

2009/10: $134
2010/11: $69
2011/12: $128
Total: $331 by 2011 and yearly thereafter[2]

Wording of referendum

Be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Highland, Iowa County, Wisconsin, that the revenues included in the School District be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by an amount not to $150,000 FOR THE 2009-10 SCHOOL YEAR; BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED AN ADDITIONAL $130,000 (FOR A TOTAL OF $280,000) FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR; AND BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED AN ADDITIONAL $125,000 (FOR A TOTAL OF $405,000) FOR THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR AND THEREAFTER FOR RECURRING PURPOSES[1]

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