2016 Local School Operating Funding Election
May 25, 2016
City of Prescott: Y 892, N 288
Clifton Township: Y 232, N 83
Oak Grove: Y 426, N 201
Trimbelle: Y 21, N 8
Diamond Bluff: Y 33, N 13
TOTAL: Y 1,604, N 593
Official canvas results: May 25, 2016, 8:49 p.m.
* The ballot question is for recurring local school operational funding at the existing 2011 level. There will be NO INCREASED TAX IMPACT on the school portion of property taxes.
* This will renew the $1.46 million in local funding - just like it currently exists (at $215 per $100,000 of value annually).
The funding will be permanent, so the community and school district have financial stability to move forward with mutually approved plans. This includes providing appropriate educational space, programming, ensuring staffing, safety and security of students, and striving to be a district of choice.
Immediate Budget Cuts
The loss of $1.46 million (Levy Cap Override vote 2/16) in local funding is 10% of the school operational budget.
Staff Reductions: $965,000
Close the Current High School: $311,000
City Bus Routes: $152,000
District Wide Cuts (programming): $100,000
Middle School Activities: $59,000
What Does This Mean?
The budget cuts will be implemented as approved. However, if local funding is renewed on May 25, the district and community can deliver on the mutual promise to operate four buildings. This will alleviate overcrowding at Malone and create space for community education and senior gathering as planned. Other priorities, aligned with long-range plans, will be reviewed in relation to final budget resources.
The Ballot Question:
“Shall the School District of Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin, be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1.46 million starting with the 2016-17 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of ongoing district operational costs?”
A “YES” vote will support the renewal of local funding at the current level of $1.46 million, WITH NO INCREASED TAX IMPACT on the school portion of local taxes. This would be permanent funding starting in fall 2016. With a successful election, the district can reinstate priorities that align with long-range plans the community has supported in the past.
A “NO” vote will reject the renewal of existing local funding and the board approved budget cuts will become permanent beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
2016 Levy Cap Override Information
February 16, 2016
City of Prescott: Y 412, N 379
Clifton Township: Y 106, N 123
Oak Grove: Y 209, N 240
Trimbelle: Y 8, N 12
Diamond Bluff: Y 10, N 25
TOTAL: Y 745, N 779
Official canvas results: February 24, 2016
On February 16, 2016 Prescott School District residents will vote on a replacement levy cap override referendum to help address projected increased operating expenses for the next four school years.
Renewal and Increase of Operating Levy
The current 4-year levy cap override will expire at the end of this school year (2016). A finance committee reviewed budget information to determine future district revenue needs. Their recommendation is to renew the current levy (approved by voters in 2011) with an increase of $410,000 each year for the next four years. The increase is due to a gap in state funding that does not keep up with normal cost of living increases.
NOTE: This is an operating levy budget for the school district and is not related to the new high school or auditorium. A levy cap override for school district operations is common throughout Wisconsin and has been approved by Prescott voters in each operating referendum since 1999.
What is being asked of tax payers?
To RENEW the current levy cap override that is in place at $215 per year per $100,000 of home value, with an REQUESTED INCREASE of $46 per year per $100,000 of home value for the next four school years.
Auditorium ElectionElection Date:February 17, 2015Results:City of Prescott: Y 530, N 240Clifton Township: Y 126, N 79Oak Grove: Y 274, N 189
Trimbelle: Y 6, N 11Diamond Bluff: Y 15, N 20TOTAL: Y 951, N 539Official canvas results: February 24, 2015Ballot Question
The referendum question would authorize the district to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,890,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing and equipping an auditorium onto the new high school.
Q: We just voted on an auditorium – why another election?
A: Some things have changed since the April referendum election.
The school board wanted to offer the community an opportunity to consider the auditorium while it was the best investment option as a part of the new school bid.
- Construction on the new high school building will begin in spring 2015
- Cost reductions and a resulting lower tax impact were negotiated by a community group
- Building with the high school is the most cost-effective option
- We have a new business in town that will provide jobs and attract new residents
Q: How did the auditorium option come forward again?
A: Prescott Arts Commitment Team (PACT) organized to review auditorium options.
This grassroots community group proposed the idea to the school board based on the following:
Q: I just received my property tax bill – does the increase include the new high school bond cost?
- Strong community support in past surveys
- Narrow defeat as a third question in the recent referendum
- Design changes provide a savings of $370,000 for construction costs
- Fundraising will help further support amenities and/or reduce tax impact
- Solid business planning will cover operating costs with opportunities for revenue
A: Yes –the 2014 property tax bill does include the first payment of the 20 year bond.
The actual average tax impact was lower than originally projected
The school district portion of the tax bill should remain close to this level for future years.
Q: What is included in the auditorium referendum?
A: The modifications in design were minor and the auditorium will still include:
Q: Will 500 seats be big enough?
- 500-plus seating* 17,100 total square feet
- A professional sized stage to accommodate dance, music, drama, classes, community gatherings, and more
- Connection to the new high school for shared space efficiency
- Lobby area for exhibits
- Construction start date July 2015 for completion in July 2016 with the new high school
A: Yes. The seating capacity is similar to other districts in the area.
Q: How does an auditorium benefit Prescott
- Currently, performances are held in gym space, which limits ability for multiple performances due to a short time frame for set-up, rehearsal, and performance.
- Dedicated performance space would allow multiple performances without increasing the impact on physical education and sports
- Cueing performers back stage, instead of in the audience area, increases seating capacity for attendees
A: An Auditorium provides benefits to the entire community
Q: What happens if this referendum fails?
- Allows Prescott to offer standard programming available in neighboring districts
- Increases educational flexibility (new programming, delivery to larger groups, etc.)
- Provides space for education, community and outside groups
- Supports student and community Arts endeavors at local and regional levels
- Improves accessibility for performers and attendees at performances
- Reduces conflicts with sports and physical education programming
A: The district will continue to use athletic spaces as performing arts venues.
- Construction costs will substantially increase
- A capital campaign/fundraising effort will take many years to complete
2014 New High School Referendum
April 1, 2014
Question #1 (New School)
City of Prescott: Y 751, N 584
Clifton Township: Y 179, N 177
Oak Grove: Y 403, N 386
Trimbelle: Y 21, N 25
Diamond Bluff: Y 27, N 55
TOTAL: Y 1381, N 1227Question #2 (Auditorium)City of Prescott: Y 696, N 630Clifton Township: Y 157, N 193Oak Grove: Y 368, N 419
Trimbelle: Y 18, N 28Diamond Bluff: Y 18, N 62TOTAL: Y 1257, N 1332
Question #3 (Revenue Cap)City of Prescott: Y 699, N 625Clifton Township: Y 171, N 181Oak Grove: Y 384, N 405
Trimbelle: Y 20, N 26Diamond Bluff: Y 23, N 59TOTAL: Y 1297, N 1296What Is the Recommendation?
Based on the research of past referendum recommendations, a thorough review of current buildings, and consideration of future space needs, the 2013 community-based facilities committee provided the following recommendation to the school board:
- Consider a referendum question to build a new, approximately 136,300 square-foot high school on the northern portion of the 90-acre property owned by the District.
- Consider a second referendum question to construct a 500-seat auditorium at the new high school.
- Include a geothermal system in the new high school if it is financially feasible in the final design process.
- Address maintenance items, including safety and security issues at the existing schools, through the annual budget process.
- Reallocate grade levels (see chart below) to allow the District to eliminate the portable classrooms at Malone Elementary.
2011 Levy Cap Override Information
November 8, 2011
City of Prescott: Y 536, N 437
Clifton Township: Y 154, N 128
Oak Grove: Y 292, N 268
Trimbelle: Y 13, N 19
Diamond Bluff: Y 18, N 50
TOTAL: Y 1013, N 902
final levy results as of 9:12 p.m., November 8, 2011
Additional Cost Cutting: -$260,000/year
Levy Cap Override Value: $1,460,000/year
Proposed Levy Cap Override:
The current $1,120,000 Levy Cap Override expires at the end of this school year.Takes effect January 1, 2013
Proposed new Levy Cap Override: $1,460,000 for four years
Renewal and increase of $340,000/year
How was the amount of the levy cap determined?
The Prescott School Board formed an Adequate Funding action team in January of 2010. This committee projected that the real need of the district over the next four years would be $1,725,000/year in order to maintain current educational services due to the loss of state revenue and inflation. The committee reduced that to $1,460,000.
How Much Will It Cost?
$50 per $100K in equalized home value over what you pay today
Reflected in property tax bill
Annually for four years
How Will the Money be Spent?
Keep current programs
Keep current curriculum
Keep current teachers and staff
Keep current educational services
What Will the Vote Impact?