Election 2014: Wheatland Center School referendum

wheatland-school-busVoters in the Wheatland Center School District will be able to vote  April 1 on a referendum to allow the district to increase the revenue limit for four years.

The referendum seeks approval of a non-recurring referendum for four years — $750,000 for each school/budget year. Estimated tax impact on a home assessed at $100,000 is $71 additional total for the four years.

The district created a page of referendum related documents and information to inform voters about the issues. Visit it here.

Here is why district officials say they need they need the referendum on the school’s referendum information page:

Although many reductions have been made and several cost-avoidance steps taken, the revenue permitted based by the state imposed revenue limit is not sufficient to provide the services that the children of Wheatland need or that our community expects. Under the current state formula, the revenue limit is insufficient to continue our current educational programs and services. The only way to increase the amount of revenue available is to have public permission, through the referendum election to exceed the revenue limit. It is much the same issue that Wheatland has had for the previous 8 years. With public approval, the School Board may levy up to that amount if necessary. If state funds increase or additional economies can be identified, the actual cost to the taxpayer could be decreased. Approval of the referendum simply allows the Wheatland School Board to increase the levy up to the specified amount. The current forecast is built on several assumptions. If the realities are more favorable than the assumptions the district will not levy the full amount of the referendum.

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