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Referendum

On April 7, 2020, voters in the Mequon-Thiensville School District approved a $55.7 million referendum to address facility needs across the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The measure was approved by a margin of 58% yes to 42% no.


“This bold step forward by our community will serve our school district and all residents well into the future,” said MTSD Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt, Ph.D. “We are pleased to add to the vitality of our community through our strong public schools. The engagement throughout this process reaffirms our community’s support and desire to grow with us.”

The district will now begin developing plans and timelines for construction projects. Because construction will touch every building and program in some way, projects will be phased to cause as little disruption to students as possible.

Read the full press release.

Background Information on the 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 asked 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

Community support of the referendum will 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.

Project Scope Cost Breakdown

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Tax Impact

A referendum financing $55.7 million would result in an estimated mill rate increase of $0.30 per $1,000 of equalized property value.* If approved by voters, the proposed debt would be repaid over a 21-year period.

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

*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?

More Information and Reports

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Referendum Fact Sheet
(Printable PDF)


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Referendum Newsletter
(Printable PDF)