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.
If approved, community support of the referendum would allow for the following projects:
- 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
- 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
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.
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If approved by voters, referendum debt would be structured over a 20-year period.
*Represents increase over current tax payments for debt.
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?