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La Crosse School Board hosts referendum informational meeting

Residents will be asked to renew current operating referendum

La Crosse School Board hosts referendum informational meeting

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - In about two weeks residents will be asked to renew the La Crosse School District's current operating referendum. 

To clear up any questions or concerns, the La Crosse School Board held an informational meeting with community members Saturday morning.

"It provided an opportunity then for our community members to come and hear more about the operating referendum that our tax payers will be considering on the April 1 ballot," said Randy Nelson, superintendent of the La Crosse School District.

More than a dozen community members gathered at Logan High School to find out what exactly their tax dollars would be used for.

"We've had a referendum in place for the past five years and that referendum is ending on June 30, 2014. The Board of Education is asking our voters to consider renewing the referendum at the very same amount, which is $4.175 million per year," said Nelson.

It's a replacement referendum, which means taxes will not increase if it passes.

"We are not asking to cover all of the costs we need," said La Crosse District School Board President Connie Troyanek. "Even with a yes vote we will have to cut $1.75 to $2 million out of our budget."

If the referendum does not pass, taxes would go down by about $110 for the average $100,000 home. However, it will force the school district to make up that money some other way.

"A no vote would mean we would have to increase that cut by $4.175 million, so about $6 million will have to be cut out of our budget," said Troyanek.

"When we make reductions, it's going to mean a reduction in workforce, and it's going to have an impact on class sizes and programs as well," said Nelson.

At the end of the day every taxpayer will have to make their own decision, but for now the school district's main focus is providing information.

"So that when they get to the polls on April 1, they are well informed and they can make a decision that is best for them when they make that vote," said Nelson.

The next opportunity for citizens to talk to school officials about the referendum will be Thursday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hogan Administrative Center in La Crosse.

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