Dells residents vote against $30M school referendum

Referendum would have raised taxes $16 for every $100K of property value
Dells residents vote against $30M school referendum

Wisconsin Dells residents voted against a $30 million referendum Tuesday to ease overcrowding in schools.

District Administrator Terry Slack said the vote was 58 percent (2,017) against the referendum and 42 percent (1,474) for the referendum.

Less than seven months ago voters rejected the same referendum by eight votes.

Administrators said with enrollment growing in the first through seventh grades, there are more students than space.

The district was asking voters to approve the referendum, which would have allowed the district to build a new school.

“Kids are disappointed too. They had that level of excitement that something was going to happen. They’re thinking, ‘Hey, I could’ve graduated from a new high school,’ but I think that goal is a little bit defeated at this point,” Wisconsin Dells Superintendent Terrance Slack said.

The cost to taxpayers would have been $16 for every $100,000 of property value.

The district had also secured $20 million in additional funding from area municipalities and $4 million in private donations.