Five Walworth County school districts placed referendum questions on the ballot to raise funding for school renovation and expansion projects and to exceed revenue limits to help pay for educational programs.
The Lake Geneva referendums and referendums for Traver School passed. But the referendums for Genoa City Joint 2 and East Troy Community Schools failed.
Traver School-Linn Joint No. 4 School District
Residents in the Traver School-Linn Joint No. 4 School District voted on a $250,000 referendum question during the upcoming election.
That question passed with 114 yes votes to 90 no votes.
The referendum will allow the district to exceed its revenue limit by $250,000 a year during the 2021-2022 school year and the following school years.
The additional funding would be used to help pay for student programs and activities, building utilities and maintenance projects at Traver Elementary School in the Town of Linn.
The district’s mill rate is expected to increase by about 35 cents during the 2021-2022 school year. The owner of a property valued at $200,000 would pay $5.84 a month during the 2021-2022 school year, and the owner of a property valued at $400,000 would pay $11.68 a month.
The mill rate however is expected to decrease during the 2022-2023 school year.
Genoa City Joint No. 2 School District
Officials from the Genoa City Joint No. 2 School District placed a referendum question on the ballot to increase the district’s revenue limit during the next three school years.
It failed with 309 no votes to 266 yes votes.
Now the district will not be allowed to exceed its revenue limit by $500,000 during the 2021-2022 school year, $700,000 in the 2022-2023 school year and $900,000 during the 2023-2024 school year.
The additional funding would have been used to construct a new section to Brookwood Elementary School and upgrade the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as to maintain educational programs.
East Troy Community School District
Residents in the East Troy Community School District were asked to vote on two referendum questions during the spring election and both failed.
The first referendum question was to allow the school district to exceed its revenue limit during the next five school years to help pay for operational expenses and to maintain existing programs and staffs.
That question failed with 2,065 no votes to 1,763 yes votes.
If approved, the district would have been able to exceed its revenue limit by $800,000 during the 2021-2022 school year; $1.4 million for the 2022-2023 school year; $1.6 million during the 2023-2024 school year; $1.9 million for the 2024-2025 school year; and $2.3 million during the 2025-2026 school year.
The school district also placed an $8 million referendum question on the ballot to help pay for various school improvement projects. Projects included in the referendum were: capital maintenance, building systems and infrastructure improvements, including roof and window replacement, site improvements, lighting upgrades, and HVAC, boiler and control replacement and improvements; remodeling at East Troy Middle School; and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”
That question failed with 1,960 no votes to 1,872 yes votes.