West Salem School District voters face upcoming referendum

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WEAU) Voters in one area school district will decide on two referendum questions when they head to the polls next Tuesday.

The first question would allow the West Salem School District to borrow $32 million to build a new fourth through eighth grade building.

The second would allow the district to exceed the revenue limit one time for security improvements at the elementary school.

If the first question passes, property taxes would go up about $75 on a $100,000 home.

Superintendent Troy Gundersen says the referendum is needed, because there is a lot of traffic congestion along the street, and the elementary school is overcrowded.

"Our elementary would have room in it, we would have reduced the traffic problems on that corner and we would produce a 21st century learning environment that would just be a model for students in grades 4th-8th," explains Gunderson.

If the first referendum question passes, the intermediate and middle school building would be located on land the district already owns north of the current elementary school.

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