Mequon-Thiensville School District
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Referendum

On Monday, January 27, 2020, the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a referendum question on the ballot for Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The board approved the measure after reviewing an administrative recommendation that was informed by several components, including the development of a long-range master plan for facilities, the work of a Community Task Force and the results of a community-wide survey.

The question on the ballot will ask residents of Mequon and Thiensville to approve $55.7 million in general obligation bonds to address capacity concerns due to enrollment growth by funding additions and renovated spaces, as well as enhancing district-wide safety and security.


Facility Needs

Space for Students
Growth
Safer Schools

Project Scope

If approved, community support of the referendum would allow for the following projects:

Growth & Capacity

  • Create additions and renovations at three elementary schools to increase space available for core classrooms, art, physical education, music, and special education
  • Expand cafeterias at the elementary and middle schools
  • Renovate targeted spaces at the middle schools including music and specialist classrooms to support current needs

Access detailed enrollment studies.

Safety & Security

  • Improve traffic circulation and parking lot queuing space at all schools
  • Make restrooms and playgrounds more accessible for those with mobility impairments
  • Create a more identifiable main entrance at Homestead High School and make district-wide improvements to control visitor access
  • Connect to municipal water and enhance fire suppression and alarm systems at the elementary and middle schools

Learn more about the safety & security measures already in place in our schools.

Tax Impact

Estimated property tax impact of $55.7 million based on a total mill rate increase of $0.30 per $1,000 of equalized property value.* This represents an increase over current tax payments for debt.

Property ValuePer YearPer Month
$100,000$30$2.50
$200,000$60$5
$400,000$120$10
$600,000$180$15

If approved by voters, referendum debt would be structured over a 20-year period.

*Represents increase over current tax payments for debt.

Access a tax calculator with planning assumptions to calculate the impact of the referendum on your taxes.

Ballot Question

On April 7, 2020, voters will be asked to respond to the following question:

Shall the Mequon-Thiensville School District, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $55,700,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a District-wide school facilities improvement project consisting of: District-wide safety, security, site and ADA improvements and renovations; construction of additions at the Elementary Schools and the Middle Schools; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?

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