As anticipated, the Southern Door Board of Education authorized a revenue cap override referendum in April during a special meeting Thursday evening. Voters in the district will be asked for permission to exceed the state imposed revenue cap by $700,000 next school year, by $1,070,000 the following school year and by $1,310,000 the year after that.
Like other school districts in the area, Southern Door projects large budget deficits caused by declining enrollments, restrictions on the ability to raise revenue and the cost of doing business. While significant cuts have been made, the current formula makes it difficult for schools to operate without damaging educational programming unless the revenue limits can be exceeded. Hence the slew of local referendums.