Onalaska School District hopes to pass 3 question referendum

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area school district held open houses Thursday, February 6 about its referendum.

Those open houses were at Northern Hills and Irving Pertzsch Elementary Schools in Onalaska.

The referendum on the ballot for February 18 has three questions.

The first would exceed the state’s revenue limit by $1.9 million for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years and then by $2.1 million the following three school years.

The second would exceed the revenue limit for technology upgrades by $500,000 for five years.

The third would allow the district to borrow $16 million for an addition and remodeling of Northern Hills Elementary school.

It would also allow the current gym at Irving Pertzsch Elementary School to be converted into classrooms and to build a new gym.

“The more we wait, the higher construction costs will be, people will get less school for their tax dollar,” said Onalaska superintendent Dr. Fran Finco.

If all three questions pass, property taxes would increase by $67 for a $100,000 home.

There will be additional open houses held at Northern Hills and Irving Pertzsch Elementary Schools on Saturday, February 8 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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