April 7, 2015 Referendum History

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April 7th Referendum

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Even though Manitowoc has a "small town, cozy feeling," the Manitowoc Public School District is actually the 29th largest district out of the 424 districts in the State of Wisconsin. 

For a District of our size, we take pride in being very low spending. We consistently rank in the bottom 20% of districts in the state in spending per student.  In fact, of the 100 largest school districts in the state, we rank 98th with the lowest tax rate.    

If the District spent at the average per student, MPSD would have an additional $6 million each year.   To help sustain and improve services the school board has approved three referendum questions to appear on the ballot for the April 7th election.

 

Referendum Questions

  1. Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2015-2016 school year through the 2017-2018 school year by $1,000,000 a year, to maintain current programs and services?

  2. Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2015-2016 school year through the 2017-2018 school year by $600,000 a year, to address major maintenance and security needs (including updating security cameras, lighting, windows, asbestos abatement, and roofs)?

  3. Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2015-2016 school year through the 2017-2018 school year by $400,000 a year, to update classroom technology and replace existing computers?

If all 3 questions are supported by voters:

The mill rate would increase 71 cents.  That means it would cost local taxpayers with property valued at $100,000 an additional $1.37 per week.

The graph below compares the 2014-2015 tax mill rates and depicts the additional impact if the community supported all three questions.

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Key Facts

  • Due to cuts in federal and state aid, and revenue limits, approximately $6.2 million (10% of the budget) has been cut in the last 3 years.

  • Over 40 staff positions eliminated (-27 teachers, -2 admin, -4 custodial/maintenance, -9 paraprofessionals, -2 other).
  • Reductions in state aid have resulted in: deferred maintenance, obsolete technology, and delayed installation of safety and security measures.

  • Programs already eliminated due to cuts: elementary sports, Destination Imagination, Mini-Chopper project, reduction in world languages courses, etc.

  • Average age of MPSD schools is 66 years old, thus more upkeep.

  • If the District spent at the state average, the MPSD would have an additional $6 million per year.

  • MPSD risks losing its competitive edge in hiring and retaining quality staff.