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Milwaukee voters overwhelmingly approve $87 million MPS referendum

Posted at 9:53 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:53:49-04

MILWAUKEE — Voters across the City of Milwaukee have overwhelmingly approved a referendum that would support Milwaukee Public Schools.

The referendum passed with 78% of the vote. It allows MPS to increase its revenue limits through property taxes by $87 million a year, beginning in the 2023-24 school year.

MPS says the money will "attract and retain high-quality, certified teachers; offer more career and technical education programs; and expand art, music, physical education, and language programs."

For taxpayers, 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. More than 67,000 voters supported the measure.

"To all of our MPS students, parents, and staff: you truly make me MPS Proud," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley. "We are grateful for your unwavering support. Milwaukee Public Schools remains committed to providing all students with the best learning environment possible."

Now that the referendum has been approved, there will be a four-year phase-in revenue limit increase for a total of $87 million.

You can learn more about the referendum by clicking here.

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