The Geneva Jt. 4 School District (Woods School) has served local families well for over 160 years. We take pride in offering our students an enriched learning experience in a small, family-like environment, ensuring our students are well prepared for their high school years. 

Currently, our district faces significant challenges due to the way the state of Wisconsin funds schools. Although we are a fiscally responsible, low spending district, we are entering a phase where the state funding formula will not adequately fund student programs and services.  The board of Education cannot address this impending shortfall without taxpayer support.

There would be no anticipated property tax change if the November 8 referendum is approved. In the past four years, the property tax rate has decreased from $3.98 per $1000 of assessed property value to $3.28 per $1000 of assessed value. Currently, it is projected that the property tax rate will continue to decrease to $1.59 by 2026-2027. Woods has no ability to increase that mill rate due to the State’s funding formula and restricted Revenue Limit Authority without a referendum. The district relies on property taxes to fund nearly all of the operational costs of our district. This continued decrease will impact our ability to fund our current operations. The District is asking voters to support an increase in funding to the district that would still reduce the mill rate from $3.28 down to $3.16 in 2026-2027.  It still reduces the mill rate but gives the District a stable revenue stream over the next few years.

Passing a referendum is the only way our district can receive adequate funding to maintain our high quality educational programming. The funding formula for public schools in Wisconsin is broken. Since 2010, districts around the state have brought forth more than 500 operational referendum questions. Voters have approved about 80% of those questions.

We invite you to learn more and browse our frequently asked questions about the district’s financial needs and the proposed solution on the ballot on November 8, 2022.


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