Merrill Area School District Referendum (2009)

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The Merrill Area Public Schools Referendum was a school bond brought to the April 7 ballot by the school board in the Merrill Area School District which is in Lincoln County. The measure sought to exceed state-set revenue limits by $2,125,000 over three years and every year thereafter. The additional funds would be used to pay for basic recurring operational costs.

On February 19, 2008 the school board asked voters to approve a $2.9 million referendum. It was rejected by 71 percent of voters.[1]

Status

Defeated, with 1,836 "yes" votes and 3,153 "no" votes.[2]

Tax impact

"For a resident in a home with an assessed value of $100,000, the yearly increase under this solution would be $60 for 2009-10, $51 for 2010-11, and $46 for 2011-12."[3]

Wording of referendum

“Shall the following resolution be approved? RESOLUTION TO INCREASE REVENUE LIMITS BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Merrill Area Common Public School District, Lincoln, Langlade and Marathon Counties, Wisconsin, that, in order to provide for operational needs, the School District budget for each of the 2009-10 through 2011-12 school years and thereafter shall include the following amounts in excess of the revenue limits imposed by Section 121.91(2m), Wisconsin Statutes: for the 2009-10 school year an amount of $760,000 for recurring purposes; for the 2010-11 school year an additional amount of $675,000 for recurring purposes; for the 2011-12 school year an additional amount of $690,000 for recurring purposes (for a total increase of $2,125,000 for the 2011-12 school year and thereafter).”[2]

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