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10% of Wisconsin school districts have referendums in Tuesday's election


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Voters in 10 percent of Wisconsin’s school districts are deciding referendums Tuesday.

43 school systems are asking voters for millions of dollars for either building improvements, or approvals to exceed their state revenue caps to continue their current programs.

It’s the largest array of school referendums in several years in the Badger State.

The improving economy has apparently made school boards more confident in asking voters to borrow money for long-delayed repairs or replacements – or to pay higher taxes to keep what they have.

Columbus has the largest referendum – almost $40 million for a new high school, and a conversion of the current high school to a middle school. Menomonie has the second-largest project – $36 million for elementary and high school construction, plus a host of repairs, replacements, and maintenance projects in all of its buildings.

Sheboygan Falls wants to borrow almost $34 million for a new middle school, and an elementary expansion. Menasha school voters are deciding on almost $30 million for various upgrades, renovations, and land acquisition.

Beloit Turner is proposing a new $28 million dollar high school facility. Arcadia, Blair-Taylor, Cashton, Johnson Creek, Pulaski, and Hortonville all have building proposals of over $10 million each.