April 7, 2009 Referenda Results

From Modern Mechanix (click image for more)

From Modern Mechanix (click image for more)

The results are in.  Good news with Tony Evers, Shirley Abrahamson and Arlene Siveira.  Very mixed results on the school referend in Wisconsin.  Not as bad as February, but many children’s educations will suffer as a result of the losses.

Information on the measures can be found in this previous post and the full report from DPI is here.

First the Non Recurring Operating Referenda where 10 passed and 14 failed.

DISTRICT

Referenda Type

Yes Votes

No Votes

RESULTS

Birchwood (0441)

NR – 2009 – 2011

360

386

Failed

Horicon (2576)

NR – 2009

505

822

Failed

Kiel Area (2828)

NR – 2009 – 2016

887

928

Failed

Loyal (3206)

NR – 2009 – 2012

439

514

Failed

Manawa (3276)

NR – 2009 – 2014

590

937

Failed

Oakfield (4025)

NR – 2010 – 2014

308

344

Failed

Oshkosh Area (4179)

NR – 2009 – 2014

6,872

6,930

Failed

Reedsburg (4753)

NR – 2009 – 2012

999

2,240

Failed

Ripon (4872)

NR – 2009 – 2012

854

1,112

Failed

Wheatland J1 (6412)

NR – 2009 – 2013

363

417

Failed

Albany (0063)

NR – 2009 – 2013

459

333

Passed

Benton (0427)

NR – 2009 – 2012

407

291

Passed

Bowler (0623)

NR – 2009 – 2012

223

216

Passed

Elcho (1582)

NR – 2009 – 2012

800

632

Passed

Herman #22 (2523)

NR – 2009 – 2014

142

137

Passed

Maple Dale-Indian Hill (1897)

NR – 2009 – 2019

809

632

Passed

Mineral Point (3633)

NR – 2009 – 2011

896

592

Passed

Northland Pines (1526)

NR – 2009 – 2012

1,963

1,767

Passed

Oshkosh Area (4179)

NR – 2009 – 2014

7,212

6,624

Passed

Phelps (4330)

NR – 2009 – 2012

378

144

Passed

Phelps (4330)

NR – 2009 – 2012

360

161

Passed

Ripon (4872)

NR – 2009 – 2015

1,077

898

Passed

Washington (6069)

NR – 2009

242

236

Passed

Wisconsin Heights (0469)

NR – 2009 – 2011

1,225

598

Passed

Lots of close votes (6 on Washington Island referendum!) and unfortunately, unless there is comprehensive reform (see below), even the districts where the referenda passed will soon be asking again or heading off the cliff.  Many of the ones that failed will return to the voters, sooner rather than later.

The results for Recurring Operating Referenda were not as good.  7 failed and only 2 passed.

DISTRICT

Referenda Type

Yes Votes

No Votes

RESULTS

Medford Area (3409)

RR – 2010

1,220

2,428

Failed

Merrill Area (3500)

RR – 2009

1,836

3,153

Failed

Middleton-Cross Plains (3549)

RR – 2009

4,963

5,726

Failed

Paris J1 (4235)

RR – 2009

165

512

Failed

Reedsburg (4753)

RR – 2009

1,349

1,907

Failed

Riverdale (3850)

RR – 2009

559

883

Failed

Siren (5376)

RR – 2009

234

418

Failed

North Lakeland (0616)

RR – 2009

839

732

Passed

Reedsville (4760)

RR – 2009

863

554

Passed

The votes don’t look to have been as close. Recurring referenda make much more sense in terms of planning, but for some reason the anti-forces have been very successful demagoguing the concept.

Last the Issue Debt Referenda (building, remodling, upgrading HVAC…).

DISTRICT

Referenda Type

Yes Votes

No Votes

RESULTS

Medford Area (3409)

Issue Debt

1,191

2,505

Failed

Middleton-Cross Plains (3549)

Issue Debt

4,766

5,677

Failed

Middleton-Cross Plains (3549)

Issue Debt

5,008

5,425

Failed

Oshkosh Area (4179)

Issue Debt

3,761

10,124

Failed

West Bend (6307)

Issue Debt

5,632

6,317

Failed

Albany (0063)

Issue Debt

539

257

Passed

Cudahy (1253)

Issue Debt

1,085

1,000

Passed

Elk Mound Area (1645)

Issue Debt

648

413

Passed

Maple Dale-Indian Hill (1897)

Issue Debt

972

465

Passed

Reedsville (4760)

Issue Debt

795

624

Passed

Ripon (4872)

Issue Debt

1,372

616

Passed

West Bend (6307)

Issue Debt

5,971

5,897

Passed

5 yes and 7 no, with mixed results in West Bend.

More votes in Salem and Cuba City later this month and elsewhere — especially where referenda failed —  the axe will continue to fall and AMPS will cover as many of the cuts as we can.

Now the” take action” boilerplate (literally cut-and-paste this time).

This growing reliance on regular referenda is perhaps the clearest evidence that the way our state funds education is broken.  Too much time and energy is being misdirected at securing basic funding instead of educating, too many communities are being split over these votes instead of united to give their children the opportunities to create a better future.

It is well past time to fix it.

Get involved in the effort by attending the April 21, 2009 Assembly Education Committee hearing on the School Finance Network proposal (info here), and joining the School Finance Network and the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (it is just fine to do all of the above, I have or will).

Thomas J. Mertz

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