School wrestles with how to share referendum info

There’s no way around it.

Explaining the ins and outs of the upcoming Green Lake School referendum to the average person is no easy task.

So, school officials will keep their talking points as simple as possible, and boil it down to this: Voting “yes” keeps the budget level for two more school years, and it won’t increase your property taxes.

That’s the message they’re planning to put before the voters between now and Tuesday, Aug. 12, when it’s referendum time again in the Green Lake School District. The ballot question will ask for $300,000 in each of the next two school years, although school officials insist taxes will not rise, as the district’s funding authority is dropping due to a variety of complex factors.

The referendum just seeks to make up the difference.

This week, three School Board members sat down with District Administrator Ken Bates to start fine-tuning the strategy.

Sally Moore emphasized the district’s talking points need to remain as clear and simple as possible.

“Just a bullet point each,” she said, reviewing the list. “... We need it to maintain the same operating budget, and it won’t increase taxes; we’ve had a successful school; we’ve had this success as the operating budget has decreased; and if we consolidate with another district, it’s just going to raise [Green Lake] taxes ... Continue reading the full story in the June 19 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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