School District Revenue Limits

NOTE: The Pre-Populated 2015-16 Revenue Limit Worksheet can be accessed at the link Revenue Limit Worksheets for Budgeting

"Getting it Right" (Revenue Limit) Workshop Presentation (October 22 and 23, 2014, WASDA)

Section G of Basic Facts

General Information

Wisconsin Act 16 implemented revenue limits beginning with the 1993-94 school year. A district's revenue limit is the maximum amount of revenue that may be raise through state general aid and property tax for the General, Non-Referendum Debt (authorized after August 12, 1993), and Capital Expansion Funds, also referred to as Funds 10, 38, and 41 respectively. (Prior to 01-02, the Community Service Fund levy was included in the revenue limit.)

The maximum limit is based upon enrollment changes, an inflationary increment, and each district's prior year controlled revenue. Upon application and approval by the Department, a district may increase its maximum limit by an additional amount for specific exemptions. A district then determines the maximum allowable levy for Funds 10, 38, and 41 by subtracting the Department-provided October 15 General Aid Certification and Poverty Aid estimates from the district's maximum revenue limit.

The following links will provide further insight into Revenue Limits:

Please call a finance consultant if you have questions.

Historical Revenue Limit Information - Microsoft Excel Files

Excel files below summarize 7 key data elements from each year's Final Revenue Limit: district code, district name, revenue limit, general aid certified, allowable levy, over limit amount, under limit amount.

Per Pupil Adjustment and Low Revenue Ceiling Threshold Amounts

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If you have questions about the data in this section, or need additional information or clarification, please contact the Department of Public Instruction, School Financial Services, P.O.Box 7841, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7841, (608) 267-9114.

For questions about this information, contact (608) 267-9114