Taxes in the Green Lake School District just skyrocketed.

Indeed, 54 percent of voters asked for it — by rejecting the maintenance referendum.

That’s blunt, but there’s no way around it. Many folks didn’t listen to reason, so now everyone will pay.

In September, the Green Lake School Board asked voters a simple question:

Should we borrow $2 million to improve our energy efficiency, or should we balloon our taxes this year (and maybe next year) to cover it?

Surprisingly, 54 percent of Green Lake-area voters said, “Don’t borrow the money over time. Tax us big, right now.”

So that’s exactly what will happen.

Last week, the School Board decided to increase taxes by $1.12 million this school year alone.

This is allowed under state law, provided the money is used only for energy efficiency. Doing so pushes the district’s tax rate to its highest point in the last three years ... Read the full column in the Nov. 4 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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