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Report: Voters more generous to local schools in November


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin voters were much more generous to their local school districts in November than they’ve been lately.

According to the state’s Taxpayers Alliance, 70 percent of the 38 construction and revenue proposals were approved. And the schools’ success rate was 50 percent higher than it was two years ago.

Alliance president Todd Berry says money remains tight, especially in smaller school districts. But if people believe in a project, and they know their money is spent wisely, Berry says voters will give their approval.

The state’s largest building referendum was approved by a 2 to 1 margin in the Middleton-Cross Plains district, where almost $60 million will be spent for additions and renovations to two middle schools.

Voters also said yes to a number of requests by school districts to exceed their state-mandated revenue limits – in some cases, just to continue current programs.

Marshfield voters approved the state’s largest revenue cap exemption. They agreed to pay an extra $2.5 million a year for the next four years.