Local ballot measures, Wisconsin

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2008

November 4, 2008

Title Description Status
Ashippun Referendum Whether the town clerk/treasurer should be elected or appointed. Approveda
Egg Harbor Referendum Require voter approval for expenditures over $1,000,000. Approveda
Forestville Term Limits Term limits for local officials. Defeatedd
Fitchburg Library Construction Issue $10 million in debt to build a new library. Approveda
Fitchburg Library Operation Costs Annual funds to run a new library. Defeatedd
Milwaukee Paid Sick Leave Initiative Require Milwaukee employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Approveda
Milwaukee County Sales Tax Advisory Referendum Triple the sales tax in Milwaukee. Approveda
Nasewaupee Town Clerk Referendum Whether the town clerk should be elected or appointed. Defeatedd
Nasewaupee Treasurer Referendum Whether the treasurer should be elected or appointed. Defeatedd
St Croix County Nursing Home Referendum Using property taxes to fund the nursing home. Approveda
St Croix County Board Referendum Decrease membership on the County Board. Approveda
Spring Green Advisory Referendum Flood assistance. Defeatedd
Vernon County Sales Tax Referendum Raise sales tax to help fund dam repair. Approveda
Wisconsin Executive Veto Limit the ability of the Governor to veto words and numbers on appropriations bills. Approveda
Wisconsin Health Care Guarantee Give all WI citizens health care comparable to what legislators receive. Approveda

There is very little information about some local referendum. These were mentioned in news articles:

  • "Town of Mitchell referendum: Should the town clerk be appointed by the Town Board?
  • Town of Mosel referendum: Should the clerk-treasurer be appointed by the Town Board?
  • Town of Sheboygan Falls referendum: Should the clerk-treasurer be appointed by the Town Board?
  • Town of Wilson advisory referendum: Should the Town of Wilson Board be increased from three to five members?
  • Advisory bookmobile referendum (community unknown): For non-libraried communities: Do you support continuing to pay property taxes to finance bookmobile services?" [1]
  • "In Prairie du Chien, voters will take on the merits of fluoridation.
  • In the town of Newport, in Columbia County, voters will consider a property tax increase for road maintenance and capital improvements. (Results: Yes = 158/48.32%, No = 169/51.68%, measure failed) [2]
  • In Rock County's town of Milton, voters can advise on whether the local police and municipal court should be abolished.
  • In Evansville, voters take an advisory role in deciding if the City Council should approve spending up to $2 million to restore the historic Lake Leota.
  • The Sauk County town of Dellona needs advice on hiring an outside ambulance service.
  • In additional flooding aftermath costs, Vernon County, faced with having to make an estimated $11.75 million in repairs to its 22 flood control dams, will give voters a choice of how they want to pay for the work." [3]

School Bonds, November 4th, 2008

Title Description Status
Auburndale Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $2,000,000 for basic operational costs Approveda
Birchwood Referendum Exceed spending cap by $650,000 Defeatedd
Boscobel Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,650,000 Approveda
Brillion Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $23,690,000 to be used in the construction of a new elementary school. Defeatedd
Clinton Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $9,630,000 for school maintenance Defeatedd
Denmark Referendum Exceed spending cap by $2,400,000 Approveda
Ellsworth Improvements Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $2,000,000 for maintenance and upgrades. Defeatedd
Ellsworth Exceed Revenue Limits Exceed spending cap by $4,500,000 Defeatedd
Germantown Referendum Exceed spending cap by $500,000 Defeatedd
Germantown Construction Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $22,500,000 for the construction of a new elementary school. Defeatedd
Gibralter Referendum Exceed spending cap by $5,300,000 Approveda
Hilbert Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $6,815,000 for a middle/high school addition. Defeatedd
Jefferson Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,200,000 Defeatedd
Jefferson Swimming Pool Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $39,700,000 to build a swimming pool. Defeatedd
Kiel Maintenance Referendum Exceed spending cap by $350,000 per year through 2019 Defeatedd
Kiel Construction Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $17,430,000 for additions and renovations. Defeatedd
Kiel Improvements Referendum Exceed spending cap by $650,000 per year through 2019 Defeatedd
LaCrosse Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $18,500,000 for facilities upgrades. Approveda
LaFarge Referendum Exceed spending cap by $250,000 per year Approveda
Lake Mills Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $15,600,000 to renovate the middle school. Approveda
Lodi Referendum Exceed spending cap by $2,625,000 Approveda
Madison Metro Referendum Exceed spending cap by $27,000,000 over three years, thereafter by $13,000,000 per year Approveda
Mercer Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,750,000 Approveda
Merton Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $3,000,000 for renovations. Approveda
New London Referendum Exceed spending cap by $300,000 per year Approveda
North Crawford Referendum Exceed spending cap by $400,000 per year Approveda
Oconto Falls Referendum Exceed spending cap by $20,000 per year Defeatedd
Oconto Falls Sports Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $4,595,000 for new sports facilities. failed on 4/1/08, defeated again on 11/4/08
Oregon Referendum Exceed spending cap by $4,000,000 Approveda
Pittsville Referendum Exceed spending cap by $525,000 Approveda
Plymouth Referendum Exceed spending cap by $6,075,000 Defeatedd
Poynette Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $13,675,000 to close two elementary schools and build a new one. failed on 4/1/08, defeated again on 11/4/08
Random Lake Referendum Exceed spending cap by $640,000 to make various repairs. Approveda
Rhinelander Swimming Pool Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $23,350,000 for new construction. failed on 4/1/08 and 9/9/08, defeated again on 11/4/08
Rhinelander Referendum Exceed spending caps by $225,000 to pay the operating costs of new construction. failed on 4/1/08 and 9/9/08, defeated again on 11/4/08
St Francis Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $14,900,000 to build a new science lab. Approveda
Seneca Referendum Exceed spending cap by $800,000 Approved
Sun Prairie Swimming Pool Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $3,900,000 for a new swimming pool. Approved
Sun Prairie Referendum Exceed spending caps by $288,205 per year to pay the operational costs of a new swimming pool. Approveda
Tigerton Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $1,980,00 for remodeling. Approveda
Washburn Referendum Exceed spending cap by $900,000 failed on 4/1/08, approved on 11/4/08
Watertown Referendum Exceed spending caps by $3,920,000 per year through 2017 Defeatedd
Watertown Construction Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $22,385,000 for new construction. Approveda
West Bend Elementary School Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $41,450,000 to build a new elementary school. Defeatedd
West Bend Middle School Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $27,400,000 for renovations. Defeatedd

School Bonds, September 9th, 2008

There were 12 legislatively referred referenda on the September 9, 2008, ballots in Wisconsin. All of them are bond issues to add funds to school budgets. If all of the bonds had passed, a total of $65,445,000 would have been authorized.

Eight of the 12 school bond referenda passed, and four were turned down by the voters, authorizing a total of $36.73 million.

Title Description Status
Colby Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $2,550,000 for general maintenance. Passed
Colby Unfunded Pensions Issue debt in the amount of $1,400,000 to fund pensions. Passed
Deerfield Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,875,000. Passed
Mineral Point Referendum Exceed spending cap by $3,980,000. Failed
Montello Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,900,000. Passed
Neillsville Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,500,000. Passed
Rhinelander Construction Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $23,350,000 for new construction. Failed
Rhinelander Operating Costs Referendum Exceed spending cap by $225,000 per year. Failed
Rubicon Referendum Exceed spending cap by $450,000. Passed
Salem Referendum Exceed spending cap by $1,160,000 per year. Failed
Shawno Referendum Issue debt in the amount of $24,900,000 for the construction of a new preschool. Passed
Weston Referendum Exceed spending cap by $995,000. failed on 4/1/08, returned to the 9/9/08 ballot where it passed

School Bonds, 8/19 through 4/15 2008

Approveda Wausaukee Operation Expenses Referendum (2008) $6,750,000 failed on 2/19/08, returned to the 8/19/08 ballot where it passed
Defeatedd Wausaukee Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $575,000 failed
Defeatedd Salem Four Year Exceed Revenue Limits Referendum (2008) $1,595,000 failed
Approveda Salem Improvements Referendum (2008) $6,500,000 passed
Defeatedd Baldwin school bond referendum (2008)
Defeatedd Baldwin-Woodville Swimming Pool Referendum (2008) $3,500,000 failed
Defeatedd City of Manitowoc Bond Referendum (2008) $7 million
Approveda Weyerhaeuser Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,804,357 failed on 4/1/08, returned to the 6/3/08 ballot where it passed
Approveda Winneconne Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,760,000 failed on 4/1/08, returned to the 6/3/08 ballot where it passed
Approveda Rio Community Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,270,000 failed on 2/19/08, passed on the 5/20/08 election
Defeatedd Woodruff Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $4,125,000 failed on 2/19/08, returned on the 4/29/08 ballot where it failed again
Defeatedd Gilmanton Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $125,000

School Bonds, April 1, 2008

Approveda Alma Center Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $1,200,000 passed
Defeatedd Baldwin-Woodville Swimming Pool Referendum (2008) $3,500,000 failed
Approveda Belmont Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $1,750,000 passed
Defeatedd Beloit Turner Stadium Referendum (2008) $2,500,000 failed
Approveda Beloit Turner Improvements Referendum (2008) $6,100,000 passed
Approveda Bonduel Maintenance Referendum (2008) $5,800,000 passed
Approveda Boyceville Community Maintenance Referendum (2008) $5,825,000 passed
Defeatedd Bruce Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $1,500,000 failed
Approveda Cameron Maintenance Referendum (2008) $1,000,000 passed
Approveda Cassville Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $3,900,000 passed
Defeatedd Chetek Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $1,200,000 failed
Defeatedd Cumberland Auditorium Construction (2008) $5,900,000 failed
Defeatedd Durand Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $1,200,000 failed
Defeatedd Elcho Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) $2,500,000 failed
Defeatedd Ellsworth Community Exceed Revenue Limit (2008) failed
Approveda Elmbrook Renovation School Bond (2008) $62.2 million
Approveda Glendale-River Hills Maintenance Referendum (2008) $3,750,000
Approveda Greenfield New Utility Building (2008) $410,000
Approveda Greenfield New Swimming Pool (2008) $5,975,000
Defeatedd Hartford New Elementary School (2008) $24,952,000
Defeatedd Hartford New School Maintenance (2008) $593,000 per year
Approveda Iowa Grant Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,000,000
Defeatedd Jefferson High School Addition (2008) $45,600,000
Defeatedd LaCrosse New Elementary School (2008) $35,000,000
Approveda LaCrosse Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $20,875,000
Defeatedd Luxemburg-Casco Renovation Referendum (2008) $18,500,000
Defeatedd Manawa Exceed Revenue Limits for General Maintenance (2008) $195,000 per year failed
Defeatedd Manawa Exceed Revenue Limits for Upgrades (2008) $4,800,000 failed
Approveda Middleton-Cross Plains Transportation Center Referendum (2008) $3,900,000 passed
Defeatedd Montello Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $2,925,000 failed
Approveda Monticello Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $2,415,000 passed
Approveda Pecatonica Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $350,000 passed
Defeatedd Plum City Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,050,000 failed
Approveda Portage General Maintenance Referendum (2008) $2,300,000 passed
Approveda Princeton Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $800,000 passed
Approveda Racine Maintenance School Bond (2008) $16.5 million passed
Defeatedd Rice Lake New Middle School Referendum (2008) $29,000,000 failed
Defeatedd River Ridge Football Field Referendum (2008) $165,000 failed
Approveda River Ridge Debt Refinancing Referendum (2008) $595,000 passed
Approveda River Ridge Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,580,000 passed
Approveda Royall Outstanding Obligations Referendum (2008) $1,400,000 passed
Approveda Sauk Prairie Acquire Property Referendum (2008) $2,200,000 passed
Approveda Sevastopol Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $1,800,000 passed
Approveda Shorewood Maintenance Referendum (2008) $9,650,000 passed
Defeatedd Somerset New High School Referendum (2008) $35,434,000 failed
Approveda Stockbridge Unfunded Retirement Accounts Referendum (2008) $272,000 passed
Approveda Stockbridge Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $600,000 passed
Approveda Washington Roof Replacement (2008) $75,000 passed
Approveda Washington Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $255,000 passed
Defeatedd Waupun Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $10,000,000 failed
Defeatedd Wisconsin Heights Exceed Revenue Limits (2008) $800,000 failed

School Bonds, February 19, 2008

2007

School bonds, November 4, 2007

Defeatedd Hartford New Elementary School Bond (2007) $24.9 million, failed
Defeatedd Hartford Classroom Staffing School Bond (2007) exceed state spending limits by $593,000 per year, failed

References

  1. After longest campaign ever, it's time to vote, Sheboygan Press, November 4, 2008
  2. Columbia County November 4, 2008 Unofficial Fall General Election Results
  3. Municipalities turn to voters on several ballot questions, Wisconsin State Journal, October 24, 2008