On Track for the Future

The Referendum passed! Official numbers are 2267 yes - 1582 no.
Thank you Altoona School District residents!

...and here's what some of them are saying!

What:  The School District of Altoona's referendum in an amount not to exceed $23,000,000 to build a new energy-efficient elementary school on KB - and to make capital maintenance, safety and health-related building and site improvements to the current campus - passed!

What are the issues and how has the District addressed them?  Find out more.....

What' is included in the $23,000,000 project costs?  (Updated: 10/21/14)

The completed project will provide an additional 74,000 square feet. See chart...  (New: 10/16/14)

Why:  To address overcrowding, as well as capital maintenance, safety and health-related concerns.

Ballot Question: "Shall the School District of Altoona, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $23,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing and equipping a new energy efficient elementary school on a school building site of approximately 56 acres and located on the south side of County Highway KB at the eastern border of the City of Altoona; and making capital maintenance, safety and health-related building and site improvements to the current campus?"

Projected Tax Rate Impact

How much will it cost? The school district portion of your tax bill is projected to increase less than $10 per month, or $118 annually over your 2013/14 property tax (based on a $100,000 home). 

Will the tax rate increase after the board's five-year contribution period ends? The school board's commitment to contribute $400,000  from the general fund in each of the next five years is one of the major factors that reduces the tax impact. The referendum's tax impact will not increase during the 20-year referendum period, even after the five-year contribution period. Click on the graphic to view or download the Projected Tax Rate Impact chart.

Projected Monthly and Yearly Cost:

  Projected Monthly Cost Projected Yearly Cost
$100,000 Home $9.83 $118
$150,000 Home $14.75 $177
$200,000 Home $19.66 $236


Information Fact Sheet #1 (Added: 9/26/14)
This printable black and white flyer includes dates/times/locations for information meetings, the key messages, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Key Messages
This printable 2-page "Q&A" answers questions such as "What is the Scope of the Referendum," "Why is it Necessary," "How Much will it Cost?" and more.  (Updated: 9/17/14)

Referendum Timeline:
Planning for the schools of tomorrow began in Spring 2013!  Follow website link for a chart view or download graphic for a timeline view.


Leader-Telegram Articles:

  • Space Crunch Prompts Altoona Ballot Question, July 31, 2014
  • Altoona Voters Need to Study and Learn About School Issue, July 31, 2014