- 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.
- 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%).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The building referendum amount of $32.7 million is almost equal to the cumulative total of the last four referendums that passed ($38.2m).
- Including interest, total potential increased property taxes over the next 20 years for both referendums – $118 million.
- 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