The question on the April 2 ballot will ask voters to support the renewal of a non-recurring referendum for an additional $1.5 million for the next four (4) consecutive years to maintain current educational programming, technology, and operating expenses.
The additional yearly cost to the taxpayer over the next four years (48 months) will increase from $2.00 in year one to $12.00 in year two and then decrease $8.00 in year three and have no change in year four.
$2.00 increase on $100,000 property or 17 cents per month for 2019-20
$12.00 increase on $100,000 property or $1.00 per month for 2020-21
$8.00 decrease on $100,000 property or -66 cents per month for 2021-22
$0 increase/decrease per month for 2022-23
The Tomah Area School District is currently ranked as the 29th lowest spending school district in the state of Wisconsin (out of 368 K-12 districts). Our mill rate of $7.45 per $1,000 of property is the lowest in the area. While this demonstrates the fiscal responsibility of our Board of Education, it also illustrates the importance of renewing our current referendum of $1.5 million dollars for the next four years. Our children deserve to have quality educational programs, safe and secure schools, and improved opportunities to prepare them for their futures. The continuation of the current referendum will make this possible.
In order to continue to offer quality programs, it is necessary for the Tomah Area School District to seek approval for continuation of the previous operating referendum. While additional funds for education were included in the last biennium budget by Governor Walker and the legislature, per pupil student increases for spending are still below 2010 levels. This is not a problem unique to the Tomah Area School District. In the November 2018 election, there were 82 schools that held referendum questions on ballots around the state of Wisconsin. Bangor, Hillsboro, Holmen, Onalaska, and Wisconsin Dells all passed referenda in November. In addition to Tomah, both the Sparta and West Salem School Districts are seeking voter approval of operating referenda this April.
In 2016, the residents of the Tomah Area School District approved a non-recurring operational referendum for $1.5 million for each of the three school years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19. The Tomah Area School District Board of Education is now asking our residents to renew this non-recurring operational referendum for four more years: 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23.