On Monday, November 23, 2015, the Jefferson Board of Education adopted a resolution authorizing a vote on the following question to appear on the ballot for the February 16, 2016, primary election:
“Shall the School District of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by up to $775,000 per year for a period of three years on a non-recurring basis beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, and ending with the 2018-2019 school year, for the purpose of maintaining the current level of educational programs and staff?”
Why is this referendum necessary?
Under the State’s revenue limit formula, districts are limited in the amount of revenue that they can levy unless voters approve additional funding. With $0 per student increases allowed in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, minimal increases in the three years before that and a reduction of over $553 per student in 2011-12, the district’s expenses are growing at a faster rate than revenues. This causes a budget deficit that must be fixed either through budget reductions or by asking for additional revenue through an operational referendum.
How can I get informed?
During the month of January, the district will be hosting two community forums to provide residents with an opportunity to gather more information on the referendum. The dates and times are as follows:
Monday, January 18 - 6:00 PM
Sullivan Elementary School Library
618 Bakertown Road, Sullivan
SNOW DATE: January 20 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 28 - 6:00 PM
Jefferson High School Library
700 W. Milwaukee Street, Jefferson
SNOW DATE: February 4 - 6:00 PM