Rhinelander Building Costs Referendum (2008)

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The Rhinelander Building Costs Referendum was a school bond issue on the November 4 ballot in the School District of Rhinelander, which is in Oneida County. The purpose of the referendum was to furnish recurring funds by exceeding state-set revenue limits by $225,000 per year for the general operation costs of the new construction proposed by the Rhinelander Schools Construction and New Pool referendum.

The two referenda were credited with a larger than usual voter turn out in the district for the September election.[1]

Text of measure

Be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Rhinelander, Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade Counties, Wisconsin that the revenues included in the School District budget for the 2008-2009 school year and thereafter be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $225,000 a year, for recurring purposes including paying operational costs associated with (1) renovations, improvements and/or additions at Central, Crescent and Pelican Elementary Schools, James Williams Middle School, and Rhinelander High School; (2) a new pool; and (3) a new multi-purpose facility


Failed September 9: 3,105 voted "yes" and 3,204 voted "no."Defeated again on November 4: 5,501 voted "yes" and 5,916 voted "no."[2]


  1. Large Voter Turnout (dead link), 12 Newswatch, September 9, 2008
  2. Referendum Election Results