WAPS Referendum Meetings

Winona Area Public Schools' held its first public information meeting on Monday to learn more about the upcoming $145 million property tax referendum that will be on the ballot in November.

The facility plan itself is estimated to cost $82.4 million, $145 million with interest and would close Madison and Jefferson, expand W-K and Goodview, keep Rollingstone open, and repair and make some additions at the secondary buildings. The bonds would be paid over 25 years.

The plan also includes $15 million in repairs at the Winona Senior High School, $7 million at W-K, $4.5 million at the Winona Middle School, $3 million at Goodview, $678,600 at Rollingstone, and $6,565 at the Winona Area Learning Center.

Administrators say that the plan is estimated to save $1.14 million per year including reduced utility costs and staffing reductions.

Voters will receive information in the mail in late October on where to vote.

Owners of a $100,000 home would see taxes increase by $85 annually. Owners of a $1 million commercial property would pay $2,283 more every year. Additional information on the tax impact and how to vote is available on the school district website at www.winonaschools.org/referendum2017.

There are two more opportunities for community members to ask questions - during the School Board meeting this Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at Winona City Hall and on October 24 at 6 p.m. at the Winona Middle School.

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