Referendum Information

Referendum Options

Both the Board of Education and Community Financial Advisory Committee reviewed the following three options:

  • Option 1, No Referendum - $0 annually, as illustrated the school district would defiicit spend each of the following five years.
  • Option 2, Non-Recurring Referendum - $1,125,000 annually - the school district would be in the black the first two year, in a deficit the following two years and then a $2,000,00 plus deficit in year five.
  • Option 3, Recurring Referendum - $450,000 each year over four years totaling $1,800,000 in year four indicates the district would have minor, and managable deficits in year one and two, then return to financial stability in years three and four.  The fifth year deficit is managable over the term of the referendum.

The recurring referendum provides is the district's best financial option.

Clinton Board of Education Authorizes Operational Referendum

The Board of Education authorized a resolution to exceed the district’s current revenue limit for recurring purposes.  The board’s action took place at the district’s regular business meeting on Monday, August 15, 2016 with five of the seven members of the board present and approving the resolution for district voters to consider the ballot question on November 8, 2016.

Specifically, the District will be asking voters to consider a four year – step recurring referendum, $450,000 in year one, $900,000 in year two; $1,350,000 in year three and $1,800,000 in year four.  The year four value of $1,800,000 would remain repeatedly. The additional revenue will be used to maintain reasonable class size, educational programing and supporting student access to instructional technology. The tax impact, mil rate value, of the operational referendum will be off-set by the district’s reducing debt service levy.  The current mil rate of $12.24 is expected to decline to a projected $10.61 in 2020-2021, again due mostly to the decline of the district’s debt service on the high school built in 2000.

“Over the course of the past eight months the board, administration and a Community Financial Advisory Committee have been studying the district’s present and future financial position,” commented Jim Brewer, District Administrator. “Clinton, like other Wisconsin school districts, has experienced limited revenue growth in an environment of rising costs.  Most recently the district undertook measures to reduce operating expenses by nearly $1 million dollars.  However, a referendum is needed in order to maintain the quality of education accustomed by district residents and students.”

“The district is currently operating under the same revenue cap and aid distribution as it did twelve years ago,” noted long serving member and current Board President Ken Luety. “Our revenue cap in 2005 was $10.6 million, the same as it is now. Over the years the district has taken significant steps to reduced expenses, but further reductions will impact our ability to meet the educational needs of our children.”  

November 8, 2016 Ballot Question

"Shall the Clinton Community School District, Rock and Walworth Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $450,000 for the 2017-2018 school year and by an additional $450,000 a year for each of the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, for a total of $1,800,000 for the 2020-2021 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of maintaining reasonable class sizes; educational programming, and supporting student access to instructional technology?"

Where to Vote on Tuesday, November 8th

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bradford Township: Bradford Town Hall, 3622 S Carver's Rock Road Avalon, WI

Turtle Township: Turtle Town Hall, 6916 S. County Road J, Beloit, WI

Town of LaPrairie, LaPrairie Town Hall, 3610 S. LaPrairie Town Hall Road, Janesville, WI

Town of Clinton, Clinton Town Hall, 8647 Hwy X, Clinton, WI

Village of Clinton, St. Stephen Family Center 716 Shu-Lar Lane , Clinton, WI

Town of Sharon: Sharon Town Hall, 125 Plain Street, Sharon, WI

City of Beloit (Wards 23, 24 & 25) : Central Christian Church, 2460 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, WI

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  • Clinton Community School District
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