Outdoor Athletic Project
Since 2000, the Kenosha Unified School District has made great strides in improving both indoor and outdoor athletic facilities for student athletes. While efforts have brought great changes to the district, there are still inequalities and hazardous conditions that exist. To ensure all students have high-quality outdoor athletic facilities, the district is asking citizens to vote on the following ballot question on April 7, 2015:
Shall the Kenosha Unified School District No. 1, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $16,700,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing and improving outdoor athletic facilities for Bradford High School, Indian Trail High School and Academy, and Tremper High School, including constructing a new stadium for Bradford High School and renovating the stadium at Tremper High School, and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment necessary to support the facilities?
How Will This Affect Kenosha Residents?
Thanks to retiring debt from past projects, there will be NO INCREASE IN TAXES. In fact, the KUSD mill rate is projected to drop significantly over the next 20 years. If approved, the new project would only increase the mill rate by $0.10 per every thousand dollars of property value over the next 20 years (i.e. approximately $20 per year for a home valued at $200,000). With or without the project, taxes will be going down over the next 20 years.
The suggested changes detailed within will bring a new sense of pride to the community, especially at Bradford High School where the inclusion of a football stadium has long been awaited. In addition, the district will welcome more consumers to the community, because the enhancements will allow the district to host more games and tournaments.
Most importantly, all students will benefit. They will be provided safe and equitable facilities for practice, games and physical education class district-wide. This, too, will build upon the magnificent community pride that already exists in Kenosha.