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Proposal would allow schools to pay for security upgrades without voter approval


UNDATED (WSAU)   Two central Wisconsin lawmakers are proposing a bill in which school districts would no longer need voter approval to raise taxes for security equipment. Assembly Democrat Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore and Senate Democrat Julie Lassa of Stevens Point are proposing that schools be allowed to raise their state-mandated revenue limits for security equipment.

The increase would be $100 a student or $40,000 – whichever is the most.

Vruwink says no one wants to see a repeat of the Connecticut school tragedy from last December. She says Wisconsin schools would not be forced to add safety equipment – but with tight budgets, the taxing authority would make it easier for them to do so. A number of school referendums throughout Wisconsin this month included borrowing for security equipment. Some measures passed, and some failed.

Gannett’s Central Wisconsin Sunday newspaper said the measure had 28 Democratic co-sponsors in both houses, and only one Republican – Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center.