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Editorial: Do the math and vote

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Ellsworth School District is asking citizens to approve up to $31,850,000 when they go the polls Tuesday.

The bulk of the funds — nearly $29.5 million — would come from selling bonds. This is the infrastructure component. Passage would result in $119 a year more in property taxes on a $100,000 home.

The remaining chunk of serious change, $2.4 million, would come in $800,000 installments over three years. Approval would result in $13 in higher taxes on that same home.

The ballot reads:

1. Shall the Ellsworth Community School District, Pierce County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,450,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing a new elementary school; remodeling, renovating and improving District buildings and grounds, including security upgrades and energy efficiency projects; acquiring land for and constructing a new transportation and maintenance building; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment?

2. Shall the Ellsworth Community School District, Pierce County,

Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 school year through the 2016-2017 school year be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91,

Wisconsin Statutes, by $800,000 a year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of ongoing educational programming and facilities?

Voters need to do the math. Do they believe that approving both Question 1 and Question 2 will add up to better public education?

For three years, the bill for owners of some of the least expensive single-family housing in the district would be $132 dollars.

Can people afford to do it? Can the community afford not to do it? Or is now not the time for both questions?

We hope every eligible voter heads to the polls Tuesday. We look forward to see how they collectively answer the biggest question: Has Ellsworth School Board made its case … twice?

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