By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — During the Nov. 8 general election, Marshfield School District voters approved a referendum override to raise revenue limits for the next four school years.
In Aug. 10 Marshfield School Board action, board members voted to exceed revenue limits and ask $3 million for four consecutive years in an override referendum in anticipation of the expiration of the current referendum, which provides $2.5 million per year and terminates at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The move placed the question on the Nov. 8 election ballot: “Shall the Unified School District of Marshfield, Clark, Marathon and Wood Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $3,000,000 per year for four years beginning with the 2017-2018 school year and ending with the 2020-2021 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of sustaining educational programs?”
On Nov. 8, voters said “yes” to that question after entering the polls, with 8493 – 59 percent – voting yes and 5923 – 41 percent – voting no.
The new limits will take effect during the 2017-2018 school year and will prevent the use of an approved reduction list to address the budget shortfall.