Republican bill seeks to rein in school referendums

Republican bill seeks to rein in school referendums

Republican lawmakers who say school districts ask taxpayers for too much additional funding are seeking to rein in school referendums in a package of bills circulated this week.

Critics say the measures would make it hard for schools to keep up with the rising costs of educating students and diminish local control, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The legislation comes days before voters are set to weigh in on more than a half a billion dollars’ worth of projects statewide, which Sen. Duey Stroebel said prompted him to author the package of six bills.

School districts would no longer be able to ask voters to raise taxes permanently and could lose some state funding if they exceed limits on property taxes under some of the proposals.

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