• Listening 3

Operational Referendum: November 8

  • The Oregon School District has a proud tradition of working with our community to plan for the future of our children. 

    On August 22, after months of discussion, financial & budget analysis and community engagement, the Board unanimously voted to approve a $11.4 million operational referendum on the November 8th ballot to ensure that we continue to have the best educator in every classroom. The referendum is recurring. Here is a recording of the School Board discussion and vote (starts at 18:14).

    Here is what this operational referendum will do for our kids:

    1. Keep the best educators in our District by offering competitive salaries & benefits that keep up with inflation.

    2. Maintain class sizes similar to what they are today.

    3. Continue providing mental health services and staff positions paid for with one-time ESSER funds.

    4. Provide the necessary ongoing operational funds to meet the needs of our kids and families.

    Tax Impact

    The chart below shows the additional tax increase each year, over three years. The amount is $11.4M in Year 3. It is a recurring referendum; the amount stays at $11.4M each year thereafter. The Oregon School Board can reduce the tax amount should the State of Wisconsin return to providing additional ongoing funds.

    Tax Impact

    Questions? Check out our FAQ below. For additional questions not answered here, please email questions@OregonSD.org

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Why is OSD going to a recurring operational referendum?

  • Why is the referendum recurring?

  • What will referendum funds be used for?

  • What did the School Board approve to be on the November ballot?

  • How will this recurring referendum impact taxes?

  • What does our Oregon School Board have the authority to do when state funds return?

  • What will happen if the referendum does not pass?

  • What neighboring school districts are going to referendum in November?

  • Where can I find voting information?

  • Has OSD analyzed the budget to reduce operating costs?

  • How are other Wisconsin school districts addressing this challenge?

  • How much federal ESSER funding did OSD receive and how does it help?

  • How does Governor Evers' recent announcement of state funds allocated to K-12 schools impact the operational referendum?

  • How does WI funding of schools compare to other states?

  • How is the Oregon School District funded?

  • What is an operational referendum?

  • What is a revenue limit?

  • Can OSD do more to generate revenue or apply for grant funding?

  • Why doesn't OSD sell property (e.g., Donaldson, Werth Woods) to generate revenue?

Why A Referendum?

  • Why A Referendum

Flip Your Ballot

  • Make sure to flip over your ballot!  The recurring referendum question  MAY BE ON THE BACK

Community Open Houses

    • Tues., Sept. 27 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Thurs., Oct. 6 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat., Oct. 15 | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Not able to attend and have questions?  Email questions@OregonSD.org