Budget Proposal Would Impact k-12 Energy Efficiency Spending

The Governor’s proposed budget would shift Wisconsin’s approach to school funding on many levels, including funding of energy projects. The budget contains a proposal to eliminate Act 32 that allows schools to fund energy efficiency projects without going to referendum. Eliminating Act 32 would remove school borrowing authority. The Governor proposes setting aside $10 million per year instead for school energy efficiency projects. Proponents support these changes as a way to keep property taxes from increasing, while others note  that this would result in a strong reduction in funds and the savings that come from school energy efficiency projects. See Lakeland Union High School’s energy projects under Act 32 in the next article.