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Budget 2024 - Considering a Referendum

South Milwaukee schools are currently exploring whether or not to pursue an operational referendum. The details about why are below. 

We want your input, and want to be available to answer your questions!

Reduced Revenue + Increased Costs = Deficit Spending

The South Milwaukee School Board approved a preliminary budget in September that deficit spends - which means projected costs are anticipated to be more than revenues . The district can run a deficit by using a source of money called fund balance - a type of savings account the District uses to bridge times between when money comes into the District from the state and local taxes and when bills are due. Although using fund balance can be used for short term financial problems, it does not address the reoccurring deficit problem which is projected for future years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Turn - Share Your Thoughts

Wednesday, October 4th @ 4:30 p.m.

The School District of South Milwaukee is asking for the community’s input on a possible operational referendum in the spring.

Please join us on October 4 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the High School Commons (Enter Door 9).

Residents will have an opportunity to:

  • Speak to the Superintendent and School Board
  • Learn about past referendums and school finance
  • Learn about District facility and safety upgrades
  • Share your thoughts about what SM needs (if any) in a new referendum

Superintendent Roemer on the Budget from the #SMWay Podcast

#SMProud Stories