What will appear on the ballot?

The following question will be on the April 2, 2024, Spring ballot:

“Under state law, the increase in the levy for St. Croix County for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2025, is limited to 2%, based on St. Croix County’s best estimate, which results in a levy of $46,002,438. Shall St. Croix County be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2025, for the purpose of hiring two Mental Health Co-Responders, one Youth Justice Early Intervention Specialist, two Sheriff Corrections Deputies, one Sheriff Investigator, one District Attorney Investigator, and one Deputy Clerk Of Court; to address the County’s most pressing public safety needs, by a total of 1.96%, which results in a levy of $46,898,438, and on an ongoing basis, include the increase of $896,000 each fiscal year going forward?”

A “Yes” vote means that you support additional personnel being hired to address the increasing public safety needs within St. Croix County at a cost of $896,000 per year, added to the tax levy. The one-time increase creates a new authorized tax levy total amount going forward. The one-time increase is equivalent to $5 per $100,000 of property value.

A “No” vote means that you do not support additional public safety personnel being hired at a cost of $896,000 per year, added to the tax levy.

Note: The language used in the referendum question is required by the state of Wisconsin. During the Spring 2023 Public Safety Referendum a common concern we received was that, due to the required wording, it sounded like the referendum would result in additional increases each year. This is not the case. The referendum would result in a one-time permanent increase of $896,000 – an increase of $5 per $100,000 of your equalized value.

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1. What is the proposed public safety referendum on the ballot?
2. What will appear on the ballot?
3. What will it mean if a majority of voters vote “yes”?
4. What does it mean if a majority vote “no” and the referendum fails?
5. What is the cost per household?
6. Would this increase be permanent?
7. Why do we need a referendum to raise the tax levy limit?
8. If approved, when will the tax levy increase go into effect and how soon will these positions be available?
9. If we have a growing population adding more taxpayers, why do we need to increase the tax levy through referendum?
10. Where do I find voting information?