Election

Siren School District referendum asks voters for extra $300k for next three years

Becky Strabel | Staff writer
SIREN – Voters in the Siren School District will be asked to provide $300,000 per year in additional revenue for the next three school years. The funds would be used to continue operating and maintaining its campus and sustain current programs and services. The question would have to come back to the voters in three years, as this question is for nonrecurring purposes.
 
It breaks down to an additional $61 in referendum debt in 2021 and 2022 per $100,000 in property valuation on a real estate tax bill. By 2023, the total referendum tax impact for the district will only be half of the amount if this operating referendum passes, so taxes for school debt would drop significantly. The existing energy debt services will be paid.
The question states:
“Shall the School District of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $300,000 per year for three years beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of operating and maintaining building and facilities, sustaining current programs and services and other ongoing operational expenses?”
 
State aid cuts and decreased enrollment are the main driving forces behind the request. A decrease of one student equals $10,456 in lost aid. The district has a history of being very fluid with many moving in and out throughout the year.
 
According to the board, the money would be used to maintain art and music programming, school psychologist services, mental health programming, academic intervention programs, athletics and expand high school course offerings. It would also go to pay for necessary and preventative maintenance of the buildings and grounds.
A presentation will be aired live on We Are Siren at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.


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