Wisconsin voters oppose ballot initiative proposed to save local nursing home

Unlike the Piatt County voters, voters in Calumet County, Wisconsin were overwhelmingly opposed to a referendum proposed to save a county-owned nursing home. The referendum was opposed by a 2-1 vote. The ballot proposal asked for an additional property tax and would have amounted to an extra $27.50 per year on a $100,000 property.

The referendum’s failure means that the county will need to find money elsewhere and could result in a hiring freeze and waiting lists for human services programs. Unfortunately, the nursing home’s residents will probably feel the effects of the lack of funds in under-staffing and nursing home neglect or poor quality care items.

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