Horicon School District Referendum Open House Thursday Night

(Horicon) The Horicon School District is holding an open house Thursday night in advance of a spring referendum. During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Superintendent Rich Appel detailed the two questions that district voters will see on the April ballot. The first question totals $22.9-million dollars and includes building a new elementary school next to the high school, where secure entrances will be installed. The district office would also be relocated to the high school campus. The mill rate impact of question one would be an increase of 52-cents per one-thousand dollars of assed value. The second question would cost $3.6-million dollars and address infrastructure needs at the junior/senior high facility including roof repairs, HVAC system upgrades, electrical line updates, and new ceiling and floor tiles in hallways. The mille rate impact of question two is 48-cents. Appel told city officials Tuesday night that the district will pay off nearly $19-million dollars in debt next year, lessening the impact of the referendum on area taxpayers should it be approved. Thursday’s open house will be held from 5pm to 7pm at both the high school and Van Brunt Elementary; there will be a presentation in the high school library at 7pm. Appel will detail the referendum on WBEV’s Community Comment on March 9.

The first referendum reads “be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $22,920,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and improvement program to create a consolidated campus and consisting of:  the construction of a new Elementary School addition and site improvements at the Junior/Senior High School; the construction of an addition for a High School cafeteria and secure entrance and renovations and safety and security upgrades at the Junior/Senior High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”

The second referendum reads “be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,600,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school improvement program consisting of:  building infrastructure and capital maintenance improvements at the Junior/Senior High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”