After reviewing projected budgets for the next four years and estimating expenditure increases, the Green Lake School Board finally knows how much it will ask for in its April 2020 referendum: $4.385 million.

   At its meeting last week Wednesday, the board considered the finance committee’s recommendation for the amount of monies the district should ask for the next four years in its referendum.

   The School Board’s decision to look at going to referendum comes as its authority to exceed its revenue limit to cover operating expenses runs out as the last referendum nears its end.

   The Green Lake School District has passed two successful referenda in 2014 and 2016 that allowed the district to exceed its revenue limits for the last six years.

   In the last referendum in 2016, the Green Lake School Board requested the authority to exceed the state-mandated revenue limit by $550,000 each year for two years and then $650,000 each year for two more years after that.

   However, based on a rise in expenditures and projections in revenue for the next four years, the School Board is asking for more than it has in the past. The proposed referendum in April would ask voters for the authority to allow the school to exceed its revenue limit by $810,000 the first year, $975,000 the second year, $1.2 million the third year and $1.4 million the fourth and final year.

   Read the full story, including why the board is asking for more money in this referendum than in past referenda, in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.