Wisconsin district proposes $24 million referendum to upgrade, expand facilities

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Madison School District has put forward a $27 million plan to upgrade or expand more than a dozen school buildings, under a revised referendum proposal the School Board will discuss at a special meeting Monday.

The new proposal is aimed at improving accessibility by adding elevators, wheelchair lifts and ramps, and more secure building entrances among 10 schools and expanding five crowded schools by adding new classroom spaces and other building additions. It does not recommend any changes to school attendance areas.

The plan asks taxpayers for $24 million of the total cost of the project using a bond issue with a “rapid five-year repayment cycle,” while $3 million would come from the district’s capital maintenance operating budget over two years. The average Madison homeowner would see about a $51 tax increase over five years.

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