Referendum 2018 FAQs Tax Impact & Voting

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Process

How did the District ensure that community members had a voice in facilities planning process?

The District invited community members to apply to be on the Facilities Planning Committee. More than 60 community residents applied and about 20 were selected. The others received regular communications about the work of the FPC over the 20 months that the group met.



In addition, the District held three community forums in February 2018 where residents could learn about the options being considered and offer feedback. More than 60 residents attended the sessions. A community survey was sent to all District households in April 2018 and more than 3,300 individuals completed the survey. The Board of Education has used the results to determine what referendum questions will be on the November ballot.

Costs/Tax Impact

What are operational costs and why are they a part of the plan?

Operational costs are recurring. They would pay for utilities and staffing needs associated with new buildings or expansions. Operational costs are currently projected at $4.8 million. The District is proposing that $2.8 million be implemented in 2019-20 with the full amount being taxed in 2020-21. An operational question will be separate from a capital question on the November ballot. 



A $4.8 million operational question would result in a tax increase of $86 per year on a home valued at $100,000. On the community survey 64 percent of all residents said they would support an operational referendum of between $3 million and $5 million to fund daily operations.



Operational costs would be greater if a second high school was built as the District would need staffing to support two high schools and pay for utilities for each one.

What are the capital-facilities costs for the referendum?

The Board approved a capital question of $138.9 million on the Nov. 6 ballot. That would result in a tax increase of $114 per year on a home valued at $100,000. The District is assuming an interest rate of 4.3 percent. The loan would be for 20 years. On the community survey, 66 percent of all residents said they would support a facilities referendum of $130 million.



The 2012 referendum finished ahead of schedule and on budget. Those two referendum questions were supposed to result in a tax increase of $70 per year on a home valued at $100,000. The District’s mill rate went up 60 cents (or $60 per year on a  home valued at $100,000) after two years when the tax increases were fully implemented.

Boundaries

Will there be attendance boundary changes? 

District officials have repeatedly offered the same message over the past two years. If a referendum fails, there will need to be boundary changes to relieve overcrowding at West Middleton. If a referendum succeeds, there will need to be boundary changes to spread the elementary student population across seven schools instead of six.

Will the boundary changes be a part of the referendum question?

Boundary changes will not be a part of a referendum question in November. Rather, after the referendum is approved and the projects are definitely moving forward, the District will develop a committee made of community members to look at the current boundaries and make recommendations about changes.


Community

Should the referendum pass, how will the District make these facilities into community assets?

Should the referendum pass, the District will explore innovative ways to open its new facilities to community members,  businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The District believes its facilities should serve the entire community.

Will the Performing Arts Center still host community arts activities?

Yes, the Performing Arts Center will continue to host community activities. The PAC is currently used more than 325 days a year. During the community forums there were questions about would any new construction detract from the current exterior of the PAC. The architect at Eppstein Uhen Architects have worked to make sure the future construction will not detract from the PAC’s exterior. 

Voting

When will the referendum be held?

The two referendum questions are on the Nov. 6 ballot. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Where do I vote? 

Find out where you vote on the myvotewi.gov website

When does absentee voting take place? 

Absentee ballot applications are accepted until Thursday, Nov. 1 by 5 p.m.

When does early in-person voting take place?

Absentee ballot applications are accepted until Thursday, Nov. 1 by 5 p.m.

Referendum FAQs PDF (Updated Sept. 17, 2018)