Spring election 2019: Salem School District operational referendum info

Voters in the Salem School District voters will be able to vote on a non-recurring operational referendum on April 2.

The board is seeking to exceed the levy limit by $1.5 million to help support the 2019-2020 budget (in addition to the $1,070,000 already authorized in a 2017 referendum), by $3 million for 2020-2021, and by $3.6 million for 2021-2022.

District officials says the referendum is needed to make crucial safety and maintenance changes to the building, maintain smaller class sizes and
other educational programs as well as build fund balance to avoid expensive short-term borrowing.

Ballot language is:

Shall the Salem School District , Kenosha County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1,500,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, by $3,000,000 for the 2020-2021 school year and by $3,600,000 for the 2021-2022 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of general operational costs associated with repairing roofs and the facilities, upgrading safety, security and technology, and maintaining educational programming?

The district asked voters for a similar operational referendum in 2017, which passed. The last year of spending approved by that referendum overlaps with the new referendum.

More information from the district about the referendum and how it affects the school district is available here and here and here. 

 

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