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West Bend school district referendum (2007)

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The West Bend school district referendum was defeated on November 6th, 2007. It was known as the largest school bond referendum in Wisconsin's history with a request to spend over $119 million dollars.[1] The bond referendum was defeated by a margin of 62.6% to 37.4%.

Proposed use of West Bend school bond issue

The proposed $119 million dollar issue would have been raised and allocated to build a new high school and various capital improvements.

Increase in property taxes

Opposition

The sole grassroots opposition to the bond referendum was Americans for Prosperity Foundation which educated voters about the size of the referendum and impact on property taxes. The free-market group's educational phone calls were called into question and a complaint was filed with the West Bend District Attorney under allegations that Americans for Prosperity would have had to file as an independent campaign committee. The allegations failed due to the message not advocating a yes or no vote for the referendum.[2]

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Articles

West Bend rejects $119 million referendum