MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A growing number of Wisconsin school districts are asking to raise taxes to cover salaries, utilities and other basic costs, and voters are approving their requests at record rates.
Voters approved 23 of the 35 referenda Wisconsin school districts placed on April 1 ballots to raise money for operating costs. They also approved 15 of 21 proposals to borrow for construction, technology and other improvements.
The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the approval rates were much higher than the state has seen in previous elections.
Dan Domenech is executive director of the School Superintendents Association. He says the trend in Wisconsin mirrors that nationwide following the recession.
He says school leaders are seeking referenda to offset cuts in state spending but it "deepens the divide between the haves and the have-nots."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.