Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Districts weigh referendum decisions for November 2018 ballot

The state elections board has updated its Election and Campaign Finance
Calendar, which indicates that the deadline for placing a school finance
referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot is August 20, 2018.
It is not too early for districts to look into placing school finance referendums on the ballot for the next regularly scheduled election, to be held on November 6, 2018.

School leaders in Hawthorn Elementary District 73, for example, say they are considering placing a referendum on the November ballot that would increase property taxes to ease growing financial pressures resulting from increasing enrollment.  School leaders of District 73 are currently gauging public support through a series of community engagement meetings scheduled this month to discuss the squeeze from the district’s enrollment boom.

School leaders still have time to study their options on all such questions, as the deadline for school boards to certify a public policy question for the November 2018 election is August 20, 2018.

In the most recent elections, held March 20, 2018, voters approved two of four county school facilities sales tax proposals, 10 of 14 building bond issues, and two of four tax rate proposals. Additional historic data on school finance referenda results is available online.