Letter to the Editor | Why I will be voting no on the $74 million total school referendum | By Rich Kasten – City of West Bend Alderman

April 1, 2019 – Washington Co., WI –  On April 2, voters in the West Bend School District will be asked to vote on yet another referendum – a third referendum since 2009. The School District is asking voters for $74 million, including interest ($47 million in principle), to build

Guest Editorial | Member of CFAC to vote ‘No’ on $74 million total West Bend School Referendum | By Dan Krier

March 30, 2019 – West Bend, WI – As a long-time resident of the West Bend School district, and an advocate for quality education in West Bend, I need to share my experience in regard to the proposed referendum. I have read and heard so many say it’s for

Letters to the Editor | Vote ‘No’ on the total $74 million West Bend School District referendum | By Dave Weigand

Washington Co., WI – There is a referendum in the West Bend School District on the April 2 ballot.    Dear Editor, I am voting NO to the $74 million-plus (including the interest costs) West Bend School District (WBSD) referendum on April 2. I ask all District residents to

Letters to the Editor | Vote ‘No’ on the $74 million total referendum | By Jim Geldreich

Washington Co., WI – There is a referendum in the West Bend School District on the April 2 ballot.     Dear Editor: School referenda are reaching an epidemic level in Wisconsin including here in Washington County.  Local referenda saddle modest sized school districts such as ours with overwhelming

Letters to the Editor | Vote ‘Yes’ on the West Bend School District referendum | By June Kruger

March 27, 2019 – Jackson, WI – There is a referendum in the West Bend School District on the April 2 ballot.     To the editor:   As the April 2 election approaches, I urge the West Bend School District community to vote Yes for the school board

West Bend School Board accused of violating policy in final $74 million total referendum push

March 25, 2019 – West Bend, WI – A formal complaint is expected to be filed today against the West Bend School Board in connection with knowingly violating policy on a campaign mailer. During a regular meeting this past January 14, 2019 the School Board discussed putting a referendum

Letter to the Editor | Vote ‘No’ on the April 2 West Bend School District Referendum | By Mary Weigand

March 25, 2019 – West Bend, WI – As an interested community member and a member of the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee for the WBSD I will be voting NO on the school referendum question. I went with curiosity to the informational meeting at Jackson Elementary School. During the

Letter to the Editor | Vote NO on WB schools referendum – Too much, too soon | By Randy Marquardt

March 22, 2019 – West Bend, WI – In 2012, voters approved a referendum that addressed the District’s space needs by focusing construction at two sites, closing one school and reorganizing grade levels. This plan also reduced the backlog of deferred maintenance, but did leave a deficit from the

Guest Editorial | Lack of transparency in the total $74 million West Bend School District referendum | By Carol Heger

March 21, 2019 – West Bend, WI Dear Editor: Are you prepared to pay more for your property taxes over the next 20 years?  If that’s something you can’t wait to do – pay more taxes, that is – then vote Yes for the West Bend School District (WBSD)

Letter to the Editor | Vote April 2 for referendum in West Bend School District | By Brian Mekka

March 21, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The security, safety, and surroundings of children should be some of the top concerns of any school district.  I doubt many people would disagree with that.  I plan to support the West Bend School District’s referendum on April 2nd.  From the information I’ve seen and research

VIDEO | Finance Director explains nearly $106 million in total referendum debt and interest for West Bend School District

March 17, 2019 – West Bend, WI – There were experts available at the open house in Jackson to tour the Elementary School and ask questions about the upcoming April 2 referendum. Andy Sarnow is the newest finance director in the West Bend School District. He explained the facts

VIDEO | West Bend School District total for April 2, 2019 referendum is $74 million

Jan. 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board set the initial resolution for the April 2, 2019 referendum question at $47 million. The true cost with interest at about 4.25 percent, according to John Mehan with Robert W. Baird & Co., will bring the total to

VIDEO | West Bend School District discusses possible referendum total

Dec. 12, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board discussed moving forward with an April 2019 referendum involving Jackson Elementary School and updates to the West Bend High Schools. Although the board did not put a final figure on the bonding amount the discussion centered on

Letter to the Editor | $85 million referendum will not improve student performance | By Valery Brussat

Nov. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Did you receive, or do you give money for a good report card? The West Bend School District will be asking for a $50 million school referendum ($85 million in real dollars when you add interest) to build a new elementary

Reviewing details behind the Town of Trenton referendum | By Joseph Gonnering

  Nov. 6, 2018 – Town of Trenton, WI – The roads in the Town of Trenton are in dire need of significant annual maintenance work. Maintaining roads is essential in order to preserve the road in its originally constructed condition, protect adjacent resources, and provide efficient, convenient travel

Letter to the Editor | Vote “YES” on County Dark Store Advisory Referendum | By Chris Bossert

    Oct. 24, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – What is the dark store loophole?  The dark store loophole is an unfair tax loophole that allows national retailers to reduce their property taxes, which shifts their tax obligation onto home-owners and small business owners. What is the Referendum?  The referendum

November road referendum on tap for Town of Trenton | By Joseph Gonnering

  Sept. 10, 2018 – Town of Trenton, WI – The roads in the Town of Trenton are in dire need of significant annual maintenance work. Maintaining roads is essential in order to preserve the road in its originally constructed condition, protect adjacent resources, and provide efficient, convenient travel

Guest Editorial | West Bend Referendum Fight is Not Over | By Owen Robinson

August 21, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The citizens of West Bend received a reprieve last night when the West Bend School Board decided to suspend the referendum effort. “Suspend” is the key word. At the meeting, School Board President Joel Ongert made it clear that he wants

West Bend School Board delays referendum

August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – During a special meeting Monday night of the West Bend School Board (WBSB) a decision was made to delay moving forward on a referendum. Board members determined time ran out to educate the public. Board president Joel Ongert began the meeting

POLL QUESTION | Is there transparency in upcoming proposed West Bend School District Referendum

  August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board (WBSB) will hold a special meeting tonight, Monday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. As of Sunday, Aug. 19 the meeting minutes from the WBSB Monday, Aug. 13 meeting had not been posted on the District

Letter to the Editor | Honesty and transparency needed in West Bend School District referendum | By Dan Krier

August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – I believe it is important to include the interest cost on the referendum so people know for a fact, what they will be paying.   I was on the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee and am very disappointed in the entire process

POLL QUESTION | Transparency in upcoming proposed West Bend School District Referendum

  August 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board (WBSB) met Monday night, Aug. 13. As of Wednesday night, Aug. 15, 2018 (11:30 p.m. ) the video of the WBSB Monday, Aug. 13 meeting nor the minutes had been posted on the District website.

Washington County Board Approves ‘dark store’ referendum | By Jamie Ludovic

July 13, 2018 – Washington County, WI – Voters in Washington County will be asked on the November 6, 2018 ballot whether the state Legislature should take action to close the ‘dark store’ property tax law loophole. “Wisconsin’s entire property tax system is based on equity,” said County Administrator

WB School Board to vote to approve $35,000 for community survey on possible $80 million referendum

    May 7, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight, to approve spending $35,000 on a community-wide survey regarding Jackson Elementary School and the West Bend High Schools. The survey would be created by Slinger-based

VIDEO | West Bend School District to gauge community appetite for referendum over $80 million

May 1, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Six members of the West Bend School Board, (Tiffany Larson was not in attendance), spent nearly two hours discussing a proposed survey to test the waters on a possible $80 million referendum. The referendums would focus on Jackson Elementary and the

VIDEO | Advisory referendum on today’s ballot for voters in West Bend

  April 3, 2018 – West Bend, WI – There will be four questions on an advisory referendum on the April 3 ballot for taxpayers in the city of West Bend. All questions are intended to gauge the interest of taxpayers and how critical they feel it is to
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