Voters approve school referendums in Beloit, Middleton, Monona Grove, 3 other districts
MADISON, Wis. — Results are in for a number of school referendums in the area and for some districts it wasn’t the first time asking voters for that money.
Tuesday’s referendum was Beloit Turner’s third time asking voters, and 57 percent of voters in that district gave their approval.
The district was looking for $26.5 million to build a new elementary school and make improvements to the high school. Taxes will go up about $250 on a $250,000 home in the district.
Two other similar referendums have failed in recent years.
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District will also be getting a new elementary school and expanding its high school.
The voters supporting the referendum Tuesday were more than double the voters who opposed it.
The district plans to spend more than $140 million on those improvements, as the student population is set to grow by about 2,000 students in the next decade.
People in the district will pay an extra $258 in property taxes each year on a $250,000 home.
The Monona Grove School District will be building a new elementary school after 59 percent of voters there approved a referendum.
District officials said they needed a second elementary school because they’re expecting the district to grow by 1,200 students in the next 20 years.
Property taxes will go up about $75 for every $100,000 in property value.
The Oregon School District is also expecting an increase in enrollment, with about 2,000 more students by the year 2030. Voters in Oregon approved a $46 million referendum to build a new elementary school and buy more land for a potential middle school.
Homeowners in Poynette will pay an additional $278 every year for a $200,000 home after voters approved spending more than $28 million on a referendum there. That passed with a 63 to 37 percent margin.
That money will be spent on building a new elementary school, adding a safe entrance at the high school and making improvements to the high school’s math, science and technology classrooms.
The district is hoping those upgrades will attract new families and more students after seeing enrollment rates stay flat in recent years.
In Wisconsin Dells, 64 percent of voters approved a $33 million referendum to build a new high school. Almost half of the project was already paid for with donations and investments from the surrounding communities and land along Highway 12 that was donated to the district.
Property taxes should go up about $86 per every $100,000 of property value.
Full results can be found here.
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