It’s not unusual for school districts to ask voters to foot some of the costs for new facilities. But about 13 schools in Racine are requesting basic operational funding.

This represents a growing need in districts where struggles have grown after the Great Recession, Up North News reports.

Districts are putting referenda on ballots at the highest rate since the 1990s, according to an October 2018 Wisconsin Policy Forum report that found “school districts seeking referenda have been more likely to be rural districts”.

The report also found that voters were approving referenda more often. Last April, residents approved 75 percent of the referenda throughout the state.

Read more about the referenda helping Racine school districts here.