In an exhaustive 2074 piece in today’s Journal Sentinel we learn that the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district overspent. And how.
By the summer of 2016, it appeared that West Allis-West Milwaukee had accomplished what at least one state auditor said he had never seen before: In the course of a decade, the suburban Milwaukee district, one of the state’s largest, had blown through $17.5 million in reserves and posted a $2.1 million deficit.
You know that old saying about how you made your bed? Not so in this school district.
In April, it will ask taxpayers in its modest communities to authorize an additional $12.5 million — or about $290 per student each year — beyond what they already pay in taxes for operating costs over the next five years.
The death knell has already sounded. We’ve heard it so many times in the past.
Without a voter-inflicted tax increase the school district will wither up and die.
I know how I would vote on that referendum.