Eight Reasons to Vote NO on the Multi-Million Dollar School Referendum


  1. District claims school tax revenue limits leave the district short-changed.  Simply not true. MFSD has the 4th highest maximum revenue limit per pupil out of 28 Milwaukee area districts.  They don’t and never have had a revenue problem.
  2. MF revenue per pupil is increasing.  The district has experienced significant enrollment decreases – 12% thus far; projected 15% by 2020/21 fiscal year.  Yet, total revenue has only dropped a small amount (3%).
  3. District has long complained that decreased state aid is their main budget problem.  But property tax increases have entirely made up for the state aid decreases. Total state aid and property tax is essentially the same since 2007/08.  Same amount of state/local revenue to educate significantly less students.
  4. District claims they will have a cumulative $7 million shortfall in the next five years but the referendum is asking for an additional $15 million in taxes over those five years.  They want a blank check.
  5. District claims building referendum is needed for aging facilities.  This is the same argument made for the 2006 referendum which passed (>$20mil.). At the time district stated it was a long-term solution to maintenance issues.
  6. The building referendum amount of $32.7 million is almost equal to the cumulative total of the last four referendums that passed ($38.2m).
  7. Including interest, total potential increased property taxes over the next 20 years for both referendums – $118 million.
  8. District doesn’t even have a detailed list of what the $32.7 million will buy.  It has a list of maintenance items by school that sums to $16.3 mil.  But that figure is magically rounded up to $18 million.  Other items are similarly rounded up by over half a million dollars. The District wants a blank check.

Thanks to the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association – CPA Advisory Committee for their analysis of this referendum. For more information visit mftax.org

MFTax Endorsed Candidates:

School Board:

No endorsements yet – Candidates include Faith VanderHorst,  Michele Divelbiss, Lowell Kellogg, Stephen Roberts and Michael Vettor. We will support candidates who will publicly oppose the referendum.

Village Board:

  • Seat 3 Special – Kenneth Oliver
  • Seat 4 – Jeremy Walz, unopposed
  • Seat 5 – Ronald Frakes
  • Seat 6 – Paul Tadda

Municipal Judge:

Bradley Matthiesen is running unopposed. As such, no endorsement is necessary in this race.

County Board:

  • District 5: Tim Dondlinger, unopposed
  • District 6: Jeremy Walz, unopposed
  • District 7: Jennifer Grant, unopposed

Questions on the Menomonee Falls School District Referendum?

On April 5th, voters in the Menomonee Falls School District will be asked to vote on two different referendum questions, one for “maintenance” and the other to lift spending caps by millions a year.

  • MFTax – Recently released flyer asking questions about the Referendums
  • Mark Belling – March 8th – on School Referendums
    • “Menomonee Falls has two referendums on the ballot. The one that is especially outrageous …. permanently raises their taxing power above the state limit…Not just this year… permanently overspend the limits…. raise taxes higher than state law allows permanently. What possible excuse would you have for that? It’s outrageous. If people vote for that – I don’t care how conservative Menomonee Falls seems, that’s not a conservative way of doing things…. The other is maintenance – instead of paying as you go they want to borrow…. which causes budgets to be screwed up ten years from now…. Of 28 school districts in the Greater Milwaukee area, Menomonee Falls has the 4th highest….12.3% above the state average…. Increase in property taxes has made up for the decline in state aid.”
  • Mark Belling’s Column for March 2nd – The Big Lie:

“Private businesses address questions like the ones above all the time. They are forced to economize. Schools…. merely tell the LIE to an unsuspecting constituency and get $50 million referendums passed. The most galling part of this is that some districts actually do act responsibly. They prove you can handle state budget cuts….”


Meet your Conservative Menomonee Falls elected officials!

Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 PM

Mardi Gras Room at Village Bowl

Confirmed Guests Include:

  • State Senator Alberta Darling
  • State Representative Janel Brandtjen
  • Menomonee Falls Village President Joe Helm
  • County Supervisors: Jennifer Grant, Jeremy Walz, and Janel Brandtjen
  • Village Trustees: Katie Kress and Jeremy Walz

Sponsored by the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association, Steve Welcenbach, President

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Supervisor Brandtjen congratulates Pridemore on retirement

Waukesha County Supervisor Janel Brandtjen (District 5 – Menomonee Falls) congratulates Representative Don Pridemore on his retirement announcement.

“Don Pridemore has been the conservative’s conservative since he was elected in 2004 to the State Assembly. I have looked up to Don as a mentor over the years and have appreciated his insights and wisdom.

“No legislator has been as accessible as Don has; I would always know that he would take my phone call if it was concerns over legislation affecting the county or helping a constituent with government services.

“Too many legislators believe in being ‘career politicians’ – when Don ran for office he pledged to fight for the conservative message, accomplish his mission, and not make a career out of being in office. Today, Don has finished his race, and everyone in his district is the better for him having served us in Madison.

“Whether it has been relentless advocacy for the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, advocating for school choice as Chair of the Assembly Urban Education committee, defending the Second Amendment, respect for the sanctity of human life, or standing with Governor Walker on Act 10, conservatives knew that Don Pridemore did not just have their back, he was leading the charge. You have earned a well-deserved retirement.”

In the news: Waukesha County leaders oppose stadium tax

Menomonee Falls Taxpayer endorsed Supervisor leads fight to oppose new arena taxes

“Members of Waukesha County’s Executive Committee on Monday recommended to the County Board that it oppose any imposition of a regional tax to finance the construction of a new Milwaukee arena.” (JSOnline)

But who led the charge? “The Waukesha County resolution was introduced by Supervisor Jennifer Grant.” (JSOnline)

Countywide Waukesha Taxpayer Group Forming

For Immediate Release:

For more information call Bill Savage (414) 218-0959                                        

The members of the Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association (MFTA) have decided to form a new organization, the Waukesha County Taxpayer Association (WCTA) that will address the issues that affect taxpayers at the county level.

According to MFTP President Steve Welcenbach, the success of the Menomonee Falls based group has triggered the effort on a county wide basis.  “We are looking forward to working at the county level to help reduce the size of government and protect the taxpayers,” Welcenbach said.

Bill Savage, who is expected to become the Executive Director, issued this statement.

“The Taxpayer groups that I have been involved in have always served as an information source for voters in the spring elections.  Since these elections are not subject to party primaries candidates are basically on an honor system regarding their conservative philosophies.  That hasn’t always worked out so well for the taxpayers.  We will be monitoring the voting records of our elected county and local officials.  We will be informing the public on where they stand on the issues.  Groups like this keep officials honest. It makes for good government.”

More information on both groups can be found at MFTax.org