School District of Gilman Voters Will Vote on Referendum April 3, 2018

The goal of the referendum is to continue to provide quality educational programs that prepare students for college and career readiness while maintaining operations of the school district in a way that provides an immediate and stable reduction in the mill rate.

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Estimated Tax Decrease of $0.95 (Per $1,000 of equalized property value)
$100,000 of Property ValueTax Decrease $95.00
$150,000 of Property ValueTax Decrease $142.50
$200,000 of Property ValueTax Decrease $190.00

At the January 15, 2018 Gilman School District regular board meeting, the Board of Education authorized a referendum resolution for a Four Year Non-Recurring Referendum for Educational Programming, Expenditures and Operations. The following question will be on the ballot for electors to consider on April 3, 2018:

Shall the School District of Gilman, Taylor, Chippewa and Rusk Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $875,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, by $760,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, by $690,000 for the 2020-2021 school year and by $650,000 for the 2021-2022 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of educational programming, expenditures and operations?

The mill rate in 2017-18 is $12.52 and will drop to an estimated $11.57 during the 2018-19 school year. We project maintaining an average mill rate of $11.56 over the course of the 4 year non-recurring referendum. In Chart 1 the red line identifies the reduction in mill rate of $0.95. The blue bar indicates the total dollar amount of the local tax levy. In 2018 our local levy was $3,003,957. In 2019 we project the local levy will be $2,803,433 resulting in a reduction of $200,524.

Chart 1:

*Mill rate is based on school finance variables included in the 2017-19 Wisconsin Biennial Budget; all other variables are projected based on historical data and reasonable expectations for future changes in revenues and expenditures.

Chart 2 is a bar graph illustrating revenue, expenditure, and fund balance being stabilized over the next four years.

Chart 2:

Chart 3 provides the student enrollment, revenue, expenditures, fund balance, tax levy in dollars, mill rate, and amount of non-recurring referendum dollars each year for the previous two budget years as well as the next four years. What isn’t identified in the chart is our annual revenue limit under current law is about $655,000 less than the funding necessary to continue providing the current level of instructional services for students and maintain facilities.

While enrollment will decrease over the course of the next four years our fixed operating costs will remain the same or slightly increase. The District currently operates with the fewest number of staff possible to provide learning opportunities for students in the most effective and efficient manner.

Furthermore, in Chart 3 you will see we are proposing to increase the fund balance in 2019 and 2020 for the purpose of balancing the budget in 2022. This strategy allows us to maintain a stable levy and continue to provide the current learning opportunities for students.

Chart 3:

School District of Gilman Special Board Meetings

Referendum Informational Meetings

Posted February 16, 2018

The School District of Gilman will conduct informational meetings to provide further information regarding the referendum on the following dates.

February 19, 2018Informational Meeting: Gilman School Library 3:30 - 5:30 PM
March 5, 2018Informational Meeting: Gilman School Library 3:30 - 5:30 PM
March 12, 2018Informational Meeting: Township of Jump River / McKinley 7:00 PM
March 13, 2018Information Meeting: Township of Cleveland 7:00 PM
March 14, 2018Informational Meeting: Township of Grover 7:00 PM
March 19, 2018Informational Meeting: Gilman School Library 3:30 - 5:30 PM

PUBLIC NOTICE: This posting serves as notice that a quorum of the board may be present at the above scheduled meetings. No Board action will occur at the above scheduled meetings. 

Should you have any questions regarding the referendum, please contact Wally Leipart, Superintendent at the District Office 715-447-8211.