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$87 million referendum for Milwaukee Public Schools passes school board, heading to April ballot

Posted at 8:49 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 23:51:17-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public School will ask voters to approve an $87 million referendum in April. This is the time since 1993 MPS approved a referendum. Now it will be up to tax payers to decide if they want it.

“I am just proud of our board for taking this step for our children,” said Erika Siemsen, director on the Milwaukee School Board.

For taxpayer that amount would break down to $160 a year for a $100,000 home. School board president Larry Miller said the referendum puts MPS student funding in line with other schools in the county.

“The amount that we choose is basically comparable to the value per student that is paid in Whitefish Bay. We think our kids, I love the kids in Whitefish Bay, but our kids should be valued equally with those kids,” said Miller.

“I am a taxpayer and I live in the city and I will be paying for this and it’s difficult. This is not a rich city but i think we care about our children and we are ready to make the sacrifice,” said Lauren Baker, Milwaukee resident.

The vote on the referendum will happen on April 7.