2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 10, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Olsen,
Moulton and Tiffany, cosponsored by Representatives Nygren, Felzkowski,
Mursau, Kitchens, Ballweg, Bernier, Born, Edming, Katsma, Kulp, Krug,
Loudenbeck, Nerison, Novak, Petersen, Petryk, Pronschinske, Quinn,
Rohrkaste, Spiros, Steffen, Summerfield, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl,
Tranel, VanderMeer and Vorpagel. Referred to Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act to renumber and amend
121.905 (1); to amend
115.436 (3) (a); and to
121.905 (1) (b) of the statutes; relating to: sparsity aid, the revenue
3limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Revenue limit ceiling
This bill increases the revenue limit ceiling for school districts to $9,400 in the
2018-19 school year, and then increases the ceiling by $100 each school year until
the ceiling reaches $9,800 in the 2022-23 school year. However, the bill also provides
that during the three school years following a school year in which an operating
referendum fails in a school district, the school district's revenue limit ceiling is the
revenue limit ceiling that applied in the school year during which the referendum
Under current law, the formula for determining a school district's revenue limit
does not apply to a school district with per pupil revenue that is less than the revenue
limit ceiling. Instead, the school district is allowed to increase its per pupil revenue
up to the revenue limit ceiling. The current revenue limit ceiling is $9,100.
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, this bill increases the sparsity aid per
pupil amount from $300 to $400. Under current law, a school district is eligible for
sparsity aid if the school district's membership in the previous school year did not
exceed 745 pupils and the school district's membership divided by the school district's
area in square miles is less than ten. Current law also provides a reduced amount
of sparsity aid to a school district that was eligible to receive sparsity aid in the
previous school year but does not satisfy the criteria in the current school year.
For further information see the state and 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:
115.436 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Beginning in the 2009-10 2018-19
school year, from the 3
appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ae) and subject to par. (b), the department shall 4
pay to each school district eligible for sparsity aid $300 $400
multiplied by the 5
membership in the previous school year.
121.905 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 121.905 (1) (a) and 7
amended to read:
(a) In Except as provided in par. (b), in
this section, “revenue 9
ceiling" means $9,000 in the 2011-12 school year and in the 2012-13 school year and 10
$9,100 in the 2013-14 2017-18
school year, $9,400 in the 2018-19 school year, $9,500
11in the 2019-20 school year, $9,600 in the 2020-21 school year, $9,700 in the 2021-22
12school year, and $9,800 in the 2022-23 school year
and in any subsequent school year.
121.905 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 1. If a referendum on a resolution adopted by a school board 15
under s. 121.91 (3) (a) was held during the 2015-16, 2016-17, or 2017-18 school year 16
and a majority of those voting rejected the resolution, the school district's “revenue 17
ceiling” is $9,100 in the 3 school years following the school year during which the 18
referendum was held.
2. If a referendum on a resolution adopted by a school board under s. 121.91 2
(3) (a) is held during the 2018-19 school year or any school year thereafter and a 3
majority of those voting reject the resolution, for the 3 school years following the 4
school year during which the referendum is held, that school district's “
ceiling” is the applicable amount under par. (a) for the school year during which the 6
referendum is held.
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation 9
to the department of public instruction under section 20.255 (2) (ae) of the statutes, 10
the dollar amount for fiscal year 2018-19 is increased by $6,454,600 to increase 11
funding for the purpose for which the appropriation is made.
(1) Sparsity aid increase.
The treatment of section 115.436 (3) (a) of the 14
statutes takes effect on July 1, 2018.