Eau Claire (WQOW)- A possible multi-million dollar referendum could be in the future for Eau Claire School District residents, and it may be on the ballot within the next two years. The referendum would
address maintenance and overcrowding in district schools.
Monday the school board discussed three possible timelines, for referenda which could possibly total as much as $50 million.
The first timeline would have a referendum on the ballot by next November, but would only address issues at Roosevelt Elementary and South Middle School that were not included in the nearly $88 million referendum the district passed in 2016. Board members said an additional referendum would then be necessary to address overcrowding in elementary schools on the south side .
The other two proposed timelines, which board president Eric Torres said are more realistic, would put a referendum on the ballot in 2021 addressing all three projects.
“The magnitude of these projects is such that we wouldn’t be able to respond to these needs just based on our regular budget,” Torres said. “This referendum is just an instrument that will help us provide the educational services that we are envisioning for the next ten years.”
He said a new referendum would not impact residents’ taxes until after the 2016 referendum is paid off in 2020, and said the school board hopes to vote on a timeline at their February meeting.