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Voters approve three school construction projects

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin voters appeared to be in a generous mood yesterday, as they approved three school building referendums and rejected only one. Just over 60-percent of voters in Ellsworth said no to borrowing over $29-million for a new elementary school and other projects. By a narrower margin, folks in Ellsworth also rejected $800,000 in operational taxes above the district's state-mandated revenue limit.

In Appleton, 58-percent of 8,700 voters said yes to borrowing $25-million for a number of upgrades. 53-percent of Appleton voters also agreed to spend an additional $5-million for recurring expenses.

In Onalaska, near La Crosse, voters overwhelmingly said yes to $16-million for remodeling and additions in two elementary schools. They also approved referendums for new technology equipment, and exceeding the state's revenue cap.

Lomira school district voters agreed to borrow $24-million for building work. That passed by 27 votes out almost 1,500 cast. Revenue cap referendums were approved in Stockbridge and River Ridge, and rejected in Herman.

Also, numerous city, county board, and school board primaries were held throughout the state.

Three people challenged Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima -- and he was among the two top vote-getters advancing to the April general election, along with attorney Shawn Reilly.