Meeting to discuss GB schools referendum

Meeting to discuss GB schools referendum

GREEN BAY – Voters in the Green Bay Area Public School District will soon go to the polls to decide a $20 million referendum.

Monday night, people had a chance to ask the district their questions.

Only a handful of people showed up to this information session on the Green Bay schools referendum, as administrators broke down what’s on the ballot.

“These six schools are just our big projects that we can’t pay for out of our $3.5 million and out of our general fund,” said Green Bay School Board President Brenda Warren.

The referendum would allow $20 million to be used towards renovations at Franklin and Washington middle schools, as well as Chappell, Fort Howard, Nicolet, and Tank elementary schools.

“Over 75 percent of the cost is heating ventilation air conditioning systems that have reached the end of their useful life. The referendum is $20 million. We are putting in $2.1 million out of our fund balance so that the total cost of the projects is $22.1 million,” Warren explained.

Not everyone at the meeting agrees the referendum is necessary.

“What the school system has to understand is that you can’t keep having a referendum all the time. You gotta figure it out. Washington and Franklin probably have things that need to be fixed but Washington needed those at the last referendum,” said Patrick Doherty of Green Bay.

But those in favor say these projects are too big to budget for normally.

“It would be nice to have the income in the tax base to set money aside for those things every year, but the reality is with the pressures that the district has been under it’s not always possible to do that,” said Michael Kadow of Allouez.

Property taxes won’t increase if the referendum is approved. However, they’d be reduced if the referendum isn’t approved.

Voters go to the polls April 1.

A second information session will be held Wednesday night at Washington Middle School.

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