Webster Schools referendum: Debt mil rate will remain the same if approved

Becky Strabel | Staff writer
The 5-12 parking lot is a confusing collection of congestion and not adequate for larger events. The proposed referendum would also address drainage issues on the campus. - Photo from Webster BOE
WEBSTER - During this upcoming spring election, the school district is looking for the residents' support of a $6.5 million referendum that would maintain the current 0.60 mill rate allocated to debt services until 2032.
In other words, the amount of tax paid per $100,000 of equalized valuation, a property owner is sending $60 to the school for the construction of the 5-12 building, but that project will be completely paid off in 2021. The new projects covered that exceed the annual revenue limit wouldn’t begin until the old debt is paid up, meaning the district could complete several projects without any increase in taxes due to loan payments for the next 20 years.
The referendum
“BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Webster, Burnett and Douglas Counties, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,500,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school improvement program consisting of: construction of an addition to expand the career and technical education area of the middle/high school; parking lot, athletic facility and site improvements at the middle/high school; renovations, improvements and technology updates at the elementary school and the middle/high school; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”
Proposed projects
Elementary school 
• Update water heater.
• Replace outdated furniture in 10 classrooms.
• Make bathrooms ADA compliant.
• Replace playground equipment due to age and deterioration.
• Replace classroom windows in the primary wing due to age and inefficiency.
• Replace cafeteria floor and ceiling and remove any asbestos-containing materials.
• Add parking lot lighting to increase safety and visibility.
• Replace deteriorated playground asphalt.
• Additional fencing for playground.
• Remove asbestos from three classrooms.
• Install key fobs for safety and security.
5-12 school
• Redesign parking lot due to safety issues.
• Update the fob system for safety and security.
• Expand career and tech ed area.
• Update FACE equipment.
• Install shatterproof security film on office windows districtwide to enhance security.
• Replace athletic field lights, baseball and football scoreboards, bleachers (ADA), press box, resurface and add two lanes to track, pave football field parking lot, renovate baseball field and address drainage issues.
• Demolish the boiler building.
• Replace cafetorium seating.
• Update IT network.

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