Oregon School District Referenda

Question I

Shall the Oregon School District, Dane, Rock and Green Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $44,900,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and improvement program consisting of construction, furnishing and equipping of a new elementary school; acquisition of sites for the new school and for future District facilities; and security improvements to District facilities?

____ Yes   ____ No

Question II

Shall the Oregon School District, Dane, Rock and Green Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $2,118,487 per year starting in the 2020-2021 school year and thereafter for recurring purposes consisting of paying operation and maintenance expenses of the District including capital maintenance projects at District facilities, the cost of operating a new elementary school and District staffing costs?

____ Yes   ____ No


LWVDC Analysis

The School District projects that district enrollment will increase by 50% by the year 2030, and that by 2020 its elementary schools and Rome Corners Intermediate School will be overcrowded. The first referendum would pay for construction of a K-6 elementary school in the Fitchburg part of the district, which has the most significant population growth.

The second referendum would fund operating expenses for the new elementary school and replace funding from an operating referendum approved in 2008, which will expire.

District estimates of the additional annual costs for a $200,000 home:

Question I: $130 beginning in 2019-2020.
Question II: $138 beginning in 2020-2021.  

For more information, see https://www.oregonsd.org/referendum.