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Whitewater schools might cancel referendum

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Kevin Hoffman
September 13, 2010
— The Whitewater School Board will discuss canceling a referendum that would allow the district to continue drawing an extra $620,000 in tax revenue.

Board members approved a resolution last month to put the question on the Nov. 2 ballot. But Thursday, district officials announced a special meeting Tuesday to consider dropping the referendum from the ballot.


The same referendum question was approved in 2006 and will expire after this school year. It increased the school tax by $49 per $100,000 of assessed property value.


District Administrator Suzanne Zentner previously said the measure “desperately” needed to pass again to maintain quality education in Whitewater’s public schools.


Board President Chuck Nass could not be reached for comment.


Board member Brian Brunner said he was aware of a special meeting but didn’t know what was on the agenda.


This year’s referendum would be two questions: the first seeking to exceed the revenue cap and the second allowing the district to issue $2.1 million in general obligation refunding bonds.


The bonds referendum would stay on the ballot, school board Secretary Karen Saubert said. The district would like to refinance a loan through the State Trust Fund Loan Program.


If the revenue cap question is cut from the ballot, school taxes would be forced down.


The special meeting is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday.



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