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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Murphy, R. Brooks, Brandtjen,
Kremer, Weatherston, Allen, Macco and Schraa, cosponsored by Senators
Stroebel and Lasee. Referred to Committee on Education.
AB282,1,5 1An Act to renumber and amend 67.05 (2) (a); to amend 67.05 (6a) (a) 2.
2(intro.), 119.10 (3), 120.08 (2) (c) and 120.43 (2); and to create 67.05 (2) (a) 2.
3of the statutes; relating to: consideration of resolution to issue bond by
4common and union high school districts and prohibiting voting on a resolution
5to exceed the revenue limit of a school district at a special meeting.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that the electors of common and union high school districts
may vote upon an initial resolution to raise money through a bond issue only at the
school district's annual meeting. Current law permits the electors of common and
union high school districts to consider such a resolution at the school district's annual
meeting, at a regularly called school district meeting, or at a special meeting called
for that purpose. Under current law, with certain exceptions, before the electors of
a common or union high school district may issue a bond to raise revenue, the electors
must first adopt an initial resolution to do so. After the initial resolution has been
approved at the school district meeting, the resolution must also be submitted to a
vote of the electors at an election or at a subsequent public hearing scheduled on the
initial resolution.
This bill also prohibits a vote on a resolution to exceed a school district's revenue
limit for recurring and nonrecurring purposes at a school district special meeting.
Current law generally limits the total amount of revenue a school district may
receive from general school aids and property taxes in a school year. However, there

are several exceptions to the revenue limit. One exception is for excess revenue
approved by referendum for recurring and nonrecurring purposes. The referendum
process begins when a school board adopts a resolution supporting inclusion in the
final school district budget of an amount that exceeds the school district's revenue
limit.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB282,1 1Section 1. 67.05 (2) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 67.05 (2) (a) 1. and
2amended to read:
AB282,2,93 67.05 (2) (a) 1. The Subject to subd. 2., the electors of any town, common school
4district, union high school district, whether such district is joint or otherwise, or of
5any municipality other than a county, a city, a village, a technical college district or
6a board of park commissioners, may at any annual meeting, or at a special meeting
7of such electors called for the purpose, adopt the initial resolution prescribed by sub.
8(1) without any prior adoption thereof by the governing body of such municipality.
9The vote in such case shall be made by ballot in substantially the following form:
AB282,2,10 10For bonds Against bonds
AB282,2 11Section 2. 67.05 (2) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
AB282,2,1512 67.05 (2) (a) 2. a. Except as provided in subd. 2. c., the electors of a common
13school district or union high school district, whether such district is joint or
14otherwise, may adopt the resolution prescribed by sub. (1) only at the annual meeting
15of the school district.
AB282,3,216 b. Except as provided in subd. 2. d., the school board of a unified school district
17may adopt the resolution prescribed by sub. (1) only at a meeting of the school board
18that is held between the 3rd Monday in July and the 3rd Monday in August and at
19which the school board determines the amount necessary to be raised to operate and

1maintain the schools of the school district and public library facilities operated by the
2school district under s. 43.52 for the school year.
AB282,3,73 c. The electors of a common school district or union high school district, whether
4such district is joint or otherwise, that experiences a natural disaster, including a
5fire, that causes the school district's costs to increase may, within the 6-month period
6immediately following the natural disaster, call a special meeting under s. 120.08 (2)
7and may adopt the resolution prescribed by sub. (1) at that special meeting.
AB282,3,118 d. The school board of a unified school district that experiences a natural
9disaster, including a fire, that causes the school district's costs to increase may adopt
10the resolution prescribed by sub. (1) at a regular meeting of the school board held
11within the 6-month period immediately following the natural disaster.
AB282,3 12Section 3. 67.05 (6a) (a) 2. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB282,3,2213 67.05 (6a) (a) 2. (intro.) Except as provided under pars. (b) and (c) and subs.
14(7) and (15), if the board of any school district, or the electors at a regularly called
15the annual meeting of a common school district or union high school district meeting,
16whether such district is joint or otherwise, by a majority vote adopt an initial
17resolution to raise an amount of money by a bond issue, the school district clerk shall,
18within 10 days, publish notice of such adoption as a class 1 notice under ch. 985 or
19post the notice as provided under s. 10.05. The notice shall state the maximum
20amount proposed to be borrowed, the purpose of the borrowing, that the resolution
21was adopted under this subdivision and the place where and the hours during which
22the resolution may be inspected. The school board shall also do one of the following:
AB282,4 23Section 4. 119.10 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB282,4,724 119.10 (3) The board shall hold a regular meeting at least once each month at
25times fixed and published by the board in its rules. If a regular board meeting falls

1on a legal holiday, it shall be held on the next business day. Special meetings may
2be called and held as provided by the rules of the board. No business may be
3transacted at a special meeting other than that specified in the notice of the meeting,
4which shall be delivered personally or by mail to each member at least 24 hours
5before the time of such meeting. At a special meeting, the board may not vote on a
6resolution required under s. 121.91 (3) (a) to exceed the school district's limit under
7s. 121.91 (2m).
AB282,5 8Section 5. 120.08 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB282,4,179 120.08 (2) (c) A special meeting has the powers of the annual meeting. No more
10than 2 special meetings may be held between annual meetings to consider or act upon
11the same subject, except that in counties having a population of 500,000 or more no
12more than 4 such meetings may be held. No tax may be voted at a special meeting,
13unless notice thereof is included in the notice under par. (b). The amount of the tax
14proposed to be voted shall be set forth in the notice. The special meeting may vote
15a tax of a lesser amount than stated in the notice, but not a greater amount. A special
16meeting may not vote on a resolution required under s. 121.91 (3) (a) to exceed the
17school district's limit under s. 121.91 (2m).
AB282,6 18Section 6. 120.43 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB282,4,2419 120.43 (2) The school board shall meet at least once each month and at other
20times upon the call of the school district president or upon the filing of a request with
21the school district clerk signed by a majority of the school board members. The school
22board may not vote on a resolution required under s. 121.91 (3) (a) to exceed the
23school district's limit under s. 121.91 (2m) at a school board meeting that is not the
24regularly scheduled monthly meeting required under this subsection.
AB282,4,2525 (End)
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