2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
November 30, 2017 - Introduced by Senator Testin, cosponsored by
Representatives Kulp, Quinn, E. Brooks, Tranel, Ballweg, Bernier,
Felzkowski, Edming, Krug, Mursau, Nerison, Novak, Petryk, Pronschinske,
Ripp, Spiros, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen, Tusler and Milroy.
Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
121.91 (4) (s) of the statutes; relating to: revenue limit
2adjustment for certain school district workforce development improvements.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a school district revenue limit adjustment for workforce
development improvements to support vocational or technical education.
Current law generally limits the total amount of revenue per pupil a school
district may receive from general school aids and property taxes in a school year to
the amount of revenue received per pupil in the previous school year. Current law
provides several exceptions to the revenue limit. Under one such exception, a school
district may pass a resolution and submit the resolution to the electors of the school
district in a referendum election. If a majority of the electors of the school district
votes to approve the referendum, the revenue limit of the school district is increased
as specified in the referendum question.
Under this bill, a school board that receives a petition and that adopts a
resolution to initiate workforce development improvements may increase its
revenue limit by the amount the school district spends on the improvements in a
school year, including amounts spent for debt service on a bond, note, or state trust
fund loan used to finance the improvements. The term of the bond, note, or trust fund
loan may not exceed 20 years. The petition must be filed jointly by the president of
a local chamber of commerce or a chamber of commerce that serves the geographic
area encompassing any portion of the school district and the executive director of a
regional workforce development board.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
121.91 (4) (s) of the statutes is created to read:
(s) 1. a. In this paragraph, “workforce development improvements” 3
includes work stations, machinery, and equipment purchased by a school district to 4
support vocational or technical education.
b. Except as provided in subd. 2., upon receipt of a petition filed jointly by the 6
president of a local chamber of commerce or a chamber of commerce that serves the 7
geographic area encompassing any portion of the school district and the executive 8
director of a regional workforce development board established under 29 USC 2832
if the school board of a school district adopts a resolution to do so, the limit otherwise 10
applicable to a school district under sub. (2m) in any school year is increased by the 11
amount spent by the school district in that school year on workforce development 12
improvements, including the payment of debt service on a bond or note issued, or a 13
state trust fund loan obtained, to finance the workforce development improvements. 14
The term of a bond or note issued or state trust fund loan obtained to finance 15
workforce development improvements may not exceed 20 years. If a school board 16
issues a bond or note or obtains a state trust fund loan to finance workforce 17
development improvements, a resolution adopted by the school board under this 18
subd. 1. b. is valid for each school year in which the school board pays debt service 19
on the bond, note, or state trust fund loan.
2. If a school district issues a bond or note or obtains a state trust fund loan to 21
finance workforce development improvements described in subd. 1., the amount of
debt service included in the amount spent by the school district under subd. 1. b. is 2
the amount paid in the calendar year that begins on January 1 of the school year in 3
which the school district's revenue limit is increased under this paragraph.
3. Any additional revenue received by a school district under this paragraph 5
shall not be included in the base for determining the school district's limit under sub. 6
(2m) for the following school year.