Referendum

Referendum 2021
REFERENDUM 2021 District officials are making it a priority to keep the public informed about the needs prompting an April 6, 2021 Referendum.
On December 14, 2020, The Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union (Badger) High School Board approved going to referendum with two questions to appear on the April 2021 ballot. On December 8, 2020, the Lake Geneva Joint #1 School Board approved going to referendum with one referendum question to appear on the April 2021 ballot.
Please continue to check this page for updates and more information.

THE PLAN

The Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District will ask voters to approve two referendum questions on the April 6, 2021 ballot to address issues in the District. If approved by voters, the solution will:

  • Provide recurring funds to maintain current district programming and services
  • Renovate the existing high school

The Lake Geneva Joint #1 School District will ask voters to approve one referendum question on the April 6, 2021 ballot to address issues in the District. If approved by voters, the solution will:

  • Provide recurring funds to maintain current district programming and services

THE REFERENDUM BALLOT QUESTIONS Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District

Q1: Shall the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District, Walworth County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $750,000 beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, for recurring purposes consisting of ongoing operational expenses, technology and safety upgrades and to maintain current educational programming? 
Q2:
Shall the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District, Walworth County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of renovations, capital maintenance and updates at the school facilities and site, including safety improvements and technology infrastructure updates, and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?

Lake Geneva Joint #1 School District

Q1: Shall the Lake Geneva Joint School District No. 1, City of Lake Geneva, Towns of Bloomfield, Geneva, LaFayette, Linn, Lyons and Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $750,000 beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, for recurring purposes consisting of ongoing operational expenses, technology and safety upgrades and to maintain current educational programming?

TAX IMPACT
We are pleased to announce that Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District has just retired a considerable amount of debt. This has placed our districts in a favorable position to be able to pass the April 6, 2021 referendum questions for Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District and Lake Geneva Joint #1 School District with NO TAX INCREASE for our residents.

  • What does this mean?
    • If voters approve both the recurring funds operational question (Badger Q1) and the renovation to Badger High School (Badger Q2) as well as the recurring fund’s operational question for Lake Geneva Joint #1 (Joint #1 Q1), residents will see NO INCREASE in their tax rate.

THE NEEDS | SOLUTIONS Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School District

NEED Q1:

  • Fixed expenses continue to rise
  • Address increased demands in technology and school safety
  • State aid has decreased substantially over time
  • Overall revenue limits have decreased over time
  • 2020-2021 Badger budget already reduced through staffing reductions by $600,000
  • Need to sustain and enhance educational programming and district operations
  • Maintain optimal class sizes that support learning
  • Retain & attract highly qualified staff
  • Maintain strong academic programs
  • Continue to support a wide array of elective programs

SOLUTION Q1:

  • The District is seeking $750K annually in additional revenue above its current revenue limit. 
  • An operational referendum allows the District to maintain educational programming and class sizes, retain staff, address technology and safety needs.

NEED Q2:

  • Replacement of oldest roofing sections 
  • Technology enhancements
  • Upgrade 1958 portions of Badger High School
    • Remodel of cafeteria/union
    • Replace original main gymnasium bleachers and flooring to provide safe, secure and comfortable environments for students, staff and the community
    • Remodel and secure lobby area and restrooms to meet code and foster a safe and secure environment
    • Renovate the Badger kitchen
    • Address Code, Maintenance, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues throughout 1958 portions of the building 
  • Upgrades to the auditorium, LED lighting and athletic facilities

SOLUTION Q2:

  • $6 million for facility improvements to the existing high school addressing the above needs.

 

Lake Geneva Joint #1 School District

NEED Q1:

  • Fixed expenses continue to rise
  • Address increased demands in technology and school safety
  • Overall revenue limits have decreased over time
  • 2019-2020 Joint #1 budget already reduced through staffing reductions by $1.5 million dollars
  • Maintain optimal class sizes that have effectively helped our elementary schools receive the highest five-star rating by the State of Wisconsin and a National Blue Ribbon designation for Star Center
  • Retain and attract highly qualified staff
  • Maintain strong academic programs
  • Continue to support a wide array of elective programs

SOLUTION Q1:

  • The District is seeking $750K annually in additional revenue above its current revenue limit.
  • An operational referendum allows the District to maintain educational programming and class sizes, retain staff and address safety and technology needs.

PROPOSED BADGER RENDERINGS Coming Soon

UPCOMING EVENTS Community Event Coming Soon. If you'd like to set up a presentation for your group, contact 262-348-1000.

QUESTIONS Please contact Dr. James Gottinger, District Administrator, Lake Geneva Schools at jim.gottinger@badger.k12.wi.us or 262-348-1000.

WHEN TO VOTE? Tuesday, April 6, 2021

WHERE TO VOTE? Find My Polling Place

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