• Operating Referendum Exploration 2022

  • The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education is exploring an operating referendum question for the community to vote on in 2022. Thanks to the community's support of the 2017 facilities referendum, the Verona area is home to an award-winning high school facility and we have been able to make improvements to other district buildings.

    Teacher and students enjoy a book together

    Now, in the same way the community did with the facilities referendum, it is time to maintain the Verona area's outstanding educational experience for our students and families and think forward to making sure that experience is available in the future.

    With a passing operating referendum, the Verona area can position ourselves for the present and into the future to:

    • provide for sufficient numbers of staff as student enrollment continues to increase
    • maintain desirable teacher: student ratios and class sizes
    • offer competitive compensation to retain and attract high-quality and diverse educators
    • maintain wages with the pace of inflation
    • offset the negative ramifications of state public education funding budget

    The referendum, if approved, would invest $19M over four years in the Verona area's public schools to help ensure our bright future. Thanks to the smart fiscal management at VASD, the referendum will have a neutral mill rate impact on the Verona community. In fact, the mill rate is slated to decrease by nearly $1 per $1,000 of property value.

    Referendum School and Community Information Sessions

    In April and May, VASD hosted referendum information sessions at 10 school sites with about 550 participants. We also welcomed over 170 community members to in-person, live streamed, and virtual information sessions in English and Spanish. The presentation shared at these sessions is linked on the screen for your reference. During the question and answer portions of the sessions, participants surfaced questions about how to best share this information with the community, the public education funding process, the referendum process, what happens if the referendum does not pass, and class size.

    The Board of Education is slated to vote regarding going to an operating referendum in July for a potential November 8, 2022 referendum. If the board votes to go to an operating referendum, we will reach far and wide into the community to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about the referendum and have their questions answered.

    Check out this Verona Area Press article "Verona Area School District unveils plan to lower mill rate ahead of possible operating referendum" for an indepth look into the potential referendum.

    We want to hear from you! Contact referendum@verona.k12.wi.us with questions.

     

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How was the April 2017 facilities referendum spent?

  • What is the difference between an operating referendum and a facilities referendum?

  • Why would we need to go to a referendum now?

  • What is meant by “mill rate”?

  • What will the impact of the operating referendum be for taxpayers?

  • How can a referendum have a mill rate neutral tax impact?

  • Don’t states fund public education?

  • Why are so many schools going to referendum?

  • If the Board votes to put an operating referendum question on the ballot, would my taxes go down if I vote “no”?

  • If the referendum were to pass, does the Board of Education need to use all of the new revenue authority?