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Schools find new funding for old problems

Districts use little-known law to tax millions for energy projects without going to referendum

8:22 AM, Nov. 25, 2012
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Wisconsin school districts are increasingly tapping a law that has allowed them to spend at least $134.5 million beyond their revenue limits without going to referendum.

The law, approved by the Legislature in 2009, lets districts raise local property taxes above limits set by the state as long as the money pays for energy conservation projects.

Use of the exemption took off this year in particular because of a 2011 amendment to the law that allows districts to borrow money for energy saving projects and then exceed their revenue limits to fund the loan payments over multiple years. In the ...

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