The West Bend School Board will vote today to put an $85 million referendum on the ballot. Here’s an interesting letter to the editor that originally ran on the Washington County Insider:
August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – I believe it is important to include the interest cost on the referendum so people know for a fact, what they will be paying.
I was on the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee and am very disappointed in the entire process of the decision to go to referendum.
The entire process has once again been less than honest. While we are following a 25 year plan, in what world of business do we have a 25 year plan without the plan on how to pay for it.
If I were to vote today, I would have to vote no and send the administration back to the drawing board.
There are way too many issues to address before moving forward on a building plan.
Being on the CFAC committee I had a first hand look at the issues they say they are trying to correct. I could see many of them stemmed from very poor planning and execution to begin with.
These are things that have to be addressed so we don’t spend $85 plus million today and end up with the same issue in the future.
Is there any existing mechanism for ensuring that the actual spending of the additional debt is exclusively limited to buildings and maintenance and not subject to discretionary spending as the Board(s) or Superintendent(s) see fit?