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0723, 28 Sep 21

West Bend Electors Approve 7.3% Tax Increase and Double Stipend for Board Members

The people who show up make the decisions. The West Bend School District has an annual meeting in which the district’s electors can show up and vote on various items. Some of those things are binding. Some of them (like the levy) are advisory. Last night, West Bends’s liberals turned out to jack up taxes and double the pay for board members. This is despite declining enrollment and federal stimulus funding flooding the district.

The tax levy is proposed at $47,816,964, up 7.3% from $44,583,969.




A new change this year, brought forward by electors, was to double the compensation given to school board members, or $5,000 annually per member and $5,200 per officer. During the 2014-2015 budget year, compensation was approved at $2,500 per member per year and $2,600 per officer per year.


Mark Allen, District 2 alderman and school district resident, asked electors to disapprove of the resolution as proposed in favor of increasing compensation.

The presentation included this slide:

That’s a 14.7% decline in enrollment in just 5 years. That’s over a thousand fewer students to educate. They still haven’t closed any buildings. They are still overstaffed. But the electors in West Bend just gave them a massive tax increase and doubled the pay of the board making the decisions.

Conservatives in West Bend… if you want to know why this district is going to hell, look in the mirror. The liberals showed up. You didn’t.


0723, 28 September 2021


  1. Merlin

    So… exactly how does this process work in West Bend? Are these electors attending the annual meeting actually vetted as residents of West Bend? Or is this simply a show of hands by anyone/everyone in attendance?

  2. Owen

    The electors have to register with their address to verify that they are residents. I don’t remember if they check ID. The board will have an agenda. The only required agenda item (I think) is a recommendation on the levy. The board decides the actual levy, but the electors vote on a recommendation. From there, technically, the electors can vote on almost anything they want. They just have to follow Rebert’s and have the votes. Usually the meeting is perfunctory and nobody veers from the agenda.

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