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Siren School District Referendum (2009)

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The Siren School District Referendum was a school bond on the February 17 ballot in the Siren School District, which is in Burnett County. The School Board put the measure on the ballot, where it failed. The measure sought to exceed state-set revenue limits by $250,000 per year for five years totaling $1,250,000 by 2014. The additional funds would have been used to sustain current levels of operation in the district.

After the February referendum failed, the district placed a new measure on the April 7 ballot. This measure was to exceed revenue limits by $150,000 per year with the additional funds being used to maintain current levels of operation.

Wording of April referendum

Shall the School Board of the School District of Siren be authorized to annually exceed the revenue limit under Section 121.91 of the Wisconsin Statutes in an amount not to exceed $150,000, beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and continuing on a recurring basis each school year thereafter, for the purpose of meeting the operating expense requirements to properly operate and maintain its educational facilities?[1]

Wording of February referendum

Be it resolved, by the School Board of the School District of Siren that it shall include revenue in its budget for each of the five (5) school years, commencing with 2009-2010 and ending with 2013-2014, in an amount not to exceed $250,000 annually on a non-recurring basis in excess of the revenue limit as set forth in Sec. 121.91, Wis. Stats, for the purpose of sustaining operating expenses with which to maintain the current level of operations for the School District in each of these school years.[1]


The measure was narrowly defeated, with 156 "yes" votes and 167 "no" votes.[1]

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