But Rhinelander, Northland Pines, and Three Lakes school districts are asking you for more money.
So we asked them what's at stake.
Tonight, Newswatch 12's Lex Gray and Kira Lynne take a look at the School District of Rhinelander.
"When I look back to moving to this area, one of the reasons was [my husband] was very confident in the school system," says Lori Haug.
Lori and her husband Tony Haug moved to Rhinelander from Eau Claire 14 years ago.
"At the time when we moved here, I felt it was a very good school district, a good place to raise kids," Tony says.
That's proven to be true for their three children.
"I think our decision to move here was a great one," Lori says. "The depth of the curriculum is something that my girls are really enjoying. We have both of them in Advanced Placement classes. They'll be more than prepared to go to university if they choose."
But the Haugs also have a son in seventh grade.
By the time he gets to high school, AP courses, foreign languages, and other electives could be gone.
"The thought of losing that is scary to us," Lori says.
Scary, but a definite possibility.
The School District of Rhinelander is asking taxpayers for another $4 million per year through 2016.
That means each year, you'd pay $105 more than you do now per $100,000 in property value.
The odds are stacked against the district.
It's gone to referendum 24 times since 1996. Fifteen of the 24 have failed.
Lori hopes this time is different.
"It's time to bury all the distrust before and move forward for the sake of the community."
The effects of a failed referendum go beyond classroom doors.
"The students lose, future students lose, the town loses," Tony says. "When your school system is going negative, people will relocate, businesses will not come here, current businesses will question being here, and growth will go slow."
Growth is important to Tony. He's the president of ABX, a Rhinelander manufacturing company.
"Having a strong school system is important for all businesses that are currently here and all future businesses," he said.
But if this referendum fails, Rhinelander won't have a strong school system.
The board started cutting back in 2002. They've laid off teachers, trimmed down activities and sports, closed a building, and cut back on busing.
This time, the district cuts would go even deeper.
Charter schools and some sports and activities would go.
But most disturbing for the Haugs - elective classes would also go.
"My oldest daughter now is looking into colleges" Tony says. "So when you talk about the electives and courses being cut that would prevent her from getting into one of the universities of Wisconsin, that's a huge concern."
It's a concern big enough to talk about moving.
"If our kids don't have the ability to get into universities, going to Rhinelander High School, I think you have to reevaluate where you're living," Tony says.
"I think we would have to consider it," Lori says. "Would we want to? Absolutely not."
But the Haugs hope it won't come to that.
"I believe most people understand that we have to maintain the school districts and the levels," Tony says. "I believe that it will be passed and it needs to be passed and it's the right thing to do. We want to fight for our town and the school district."
"We're at the cusp of something very important here," Lori says. "I think for the sake of our community and our future, it's very important to support it and move forward in a really positive matter."
MARATHON COUNTY - Firefighters call a Town of Berlin house a total loss after a fire destroyed it early Sunday morning.
According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, crews got a call around 1:40 a.m. to the 11,000 block of Naugart Drive. When they got there, the house was totally up in flames.Several surrounding fire departments were called in to help.
No one was hurt. The house is valued at more than $100,000.
Investigators don't think the cause of the fire was anything suspicious, but they are still investigating.
MARINETTE COUNTY - A 90-year-old man died in an ATV crash in Marinette County late Saturday afternoon.
According to the Marinette County Sheriff's Office, it happened private property north of Newton Lake in the Town of Athelstane.
90-year-old James Bosanny was driving the ATV with his 64-year-old son, James Bosanny, Jr., on board. He lost control on a small hill after hitting a plow before the ATV accelerated and hit a tree. They both were thrown off the ATV. The 90-year-old died at the scene.Crews took the son first to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette and then later taken to a hospital in Green Bay for serious injuries.
The sheriff's office says neither was wearing a helmet. Police don't think alcohol or speed played a part in the crash.
Crews are still investigating. James Bosanny, Sr., was from Monroe, Wisconsin, and his son, James Bosanny, Jr., was from Hortonville, Wisconsin.
CONOVER - The rain fortunately stayed away in Conover for a part of Sunday afternoon just in time for the grand opening of the Conover-Phelps bike trail.
The project has been years in the making, and now it's ready to ride. A couple hundred people and local leaders came out in support of it.
"There's a real feel for people being enthusiastic about this," said Jeff Currie, the President of Great Headwaters Trails, which helped lead the bike trail project.
It's supposed to connect Conover to Phelps through nearly 11 miles of paved trail. The first part is open and goes from Conover Community Park to Muskrat Creek Road.
"3.2 miles on the ground and ready to be ridden on biked or hiked," said Brian Blank, the chairman of the Conover-Phelps Trail Capital Campaign.
"When people hear about a town and then when people say, have you seen their bike trail, it's just, right away it's like there's more to that town than I thought there was," Currie said.
While not yet complete, project leaders are hopeful the trail will be finished soon. Project leaders say the second part of the trail, about five miles long, is fully engineered but about 60 percent funded.
"We're about $200,000 away from completing the remaining five miles," Blank said.
"You know that funding could come, and when it does, five miles of trail in two or three months will be on the ground," Currie said.
"I have no doubt in the next couple years this trail will be completed all the way to Phelps," said Gary Meister, the vice president of Great Headwaters Trails.
The trail is non-motorized so, no ATVs allowed, but it will be a snowmobile trail in the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Car enthusiasts flocked to Tomahawk Sunday for the Main Street Memories car show.
The 22nd annual car show attracted cars and visitors from all over.
The streets of Tomahawk were filled with more than 200 cars of all different kinds. Main Street Memories car show is a Memorial Day tradition.
"You know 22 years going strong, and we're proud of it," said Tomahawk Main Street director Christine Vorpagel. "Tomahawk Main Street, we're all about historic preservation and sustainable development."
For many spectators, car shows are another way of learning about American history.
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