ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The Governor's budget proposal has called for injecting an extra $129-million in state funding into Wisconsin's general education fund.
But the proposal also keeps the revenue limit on school districts flat -- meaning they're not authorized to raise additional money through property taxes. That means districts would operating at their current funding levels next year too.
Larry Dalton, the Onalaska school district's director of finance and business services, said that would amount to a deficit needed to be offset by a fresh round of spending reductions.
"We would be looking to decrease expenditures by about $150-thousand if that plan was successful," Dalton said.
He added the school is still expected to increase its scores, and implement new, statewide curriculum standards, despite the economic uncertainty.
The Ellis and Olsen plan has garnered the support of Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) who is one of four democrats on the legislature's 16-member joint finance committee. Although Shilling said she would ideally like to see even more new revenue for schools.
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