• 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).

    Operational referendum funds will allow us to:

    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 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.

    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?

  • 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?

  • How is the Oregon School District funded?

  • Has OSD analyzed the budget to reduce operating costs?

  • How are other Wisconsin school districts addressing this challenge?

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

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

  • What will happen if the referendum does not pass?

  • 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?

  • What is an operational referendum?

  • What is a revenue limit?

  • What happens if the State of Wisconsin decides to give more recurring funds to public schools?

  • 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?

  • Where can I find voting information?

Informational Video

  • School Funding Video

Community Open Houses

  • All are invited to join us and learn more!
    Location: Rome Corners Intermediate

    • 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.

Flip Your Ballot

  • Make sure to flip over your ballot!  The recurring referendum question is ON THE BACK and reads as follows.