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Report: 55 Wisconsin school districts utilize energy efficient state law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Fifty-five Wisconsin school districts have used a two-year-old state law to make their buildings more energy efficient, without needing taxpayer approval.

The Appleton Post-Crescent said the schools raised over $23 million in property taxes for energy projects -- two-and-a-half times more than the previous year.

John O'Herron, the Midwest regional manager for a large energy service firm, said the one common factor between large and small schools is their shortage of money for their facility needs.

Charlie Schneider of the Cooperative Educational Service region in Chippewa Falls said it lets schools spend more on teaching kids, instead of sending needless cash to a utility or repair outlet.

In 2012, the Appleton paper and others in the state's Gannett chain found that schools used the energy exemption to raise almost $9 million in property taxes without the normal voter approval.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)