It appears voters in several Wisconsin school districts were in a giving mood in Tuesday’s elections.
Initial reports show that 26 of the 38 bonding and revenue caps on ballots around the state were approved. Those include the two largest projects; a $50 million bond for the Kettle Moraine School District and $35 million for a new elementary school and various renovations to other buildings in Sauk Prairie.
In Green Bay, 70 percent of voters said yes to $20 million for major projects at six elementary and middle school buildings. In Sheboygan Falls, voters said no for a third time to a new middle school and an auditorium. Those would have cost over $30 million. In La Crosse, voters continued previous revenue cap exemptions with another $21 million in additional taxes over five years. A four-year excess of Stoughton’s revenue cap was easily approved.
Some margins were razor-thin. In Rubicon, $450,000 in additional school taxes were rejected by just two votes, 222-to-220. In Prescott, a revenue cap exemption passed by just one vote. Voters in Prescott also said yes to a new high school.