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11/20/18

School Referenda in Wisconsin-Fall 2018 Election Update

By Jeffrey Schmidt

Voters this month approved school referenda at rates not seen previously, making 2018 the highest year on record with more than $2 billion in additional school spending passed. Our latest Focus looks at the updated trends in school referenda.

Our interactive dashboards provide more school referenda figures, including district by district data.

The tool below displays statewide and school district referenda data from 1993 to proposed referenda on the ballot in November. There are three types: debt referenda are for capital expenses such as a new building; non-recurring are for increasing the district’s revenues beyond state caps for a period of several years; and recurring are for districts seeking to exceed their revenue limits permanently. Statewide, school districts are asking for more funding from voters. Since the end of the Great Recession, funds requested and approved via referenda have increased.