Elcho board approves plan for $18 million in school project bonds|
Voters in the Elcho school district will be asked to approve $18 million in bonding for an expansive school renovation and construction project in November.
At its August meeting, the board of education unanimously approved two referendum questions to be presented to voters on Nov. 8, the regular fall election that will also include presidential balloting. The first seeks $18 million for school renovations and construction while the second asks permission to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by $500,000 annually for four years.
If both questions are successful, tax impact would be 81 cents per $1,000 of equalized valuation, or $81 in additional taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home.
Action came after well over a year of ad hoc committee meetings, a December survey of residents and two months of presentations, the first, in July, focusing on the tax impact of the plan and the second, held just prior to the vote, reviewing the building concept.
District Administrator Bill Fisher stressed that the final proposal, while not perfect, meets the most pressing concerns of the district, including the heating and ventilation system, roofs and space needs, w
Karl Schulz wins 'Best of Show' award
School board has busy schedule, Mattoon update at Tuesday session
|Karl Schulz received the trophy for the Best of Show at the Badgerland Classics and Customs show Sunday for his 1978 Ford F250 entry, a classy pickup truck that has a long history.|
The 2016 Badgerland show at Peaceful Valley Park drew nearly 300 entries, a range of motorcycles, trucks and cars — hundreds of them in every size, age and condition.
It was a great success this year, Jeff Ralph, a member of Badgerland said after the trophy presentation to Schulz and his daughter, Karlee.
Schulz, who with his family, operates a trucking firm, came to the show with four classy cars and the Ford 250. Schulz trucking also entered one of the giant semi tractor trailers painted with flags and salutes to veterans.
After presentation of the trophy, Schulz explained that hes been told the Ford started its life with City Gas, the Antigo utility, and then when it was done, a collector worked on it, but nothing quite like Schulz engineered. The truck certainly does not look like anything during its days doing utility work.
While Schulz had an array of entries, hundreds of others others did too. And a show, such as the long-running Badgerland event, tend
Karlee and her father, Karl Schulz and the Best of Show Ford F250 Sunday afternoon.
A busy August agenda, led by action on the 2016-17 budget and an update on the Mattoon Elementary School closure awaits the Antigo school board Tuesday.
The board will convene in special session at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school for the annual budget hearing. It will reconvene at 7:30 p.m., at the same location, for its regular monthly meeting.
The main focus of the evening will be adoption of the upcoming years spending plan, action that is taken by the board rather than the electorate because Antigo is a unified, not a common, school district.
The spending plan calls for a tax rate of $7.97 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, a drop of 66 cents, or 7.65 percent. If those numbers do not change, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $797 in property taxes to finance school operations for the upcoming year, a drop of $66.
The last time the levy was this low was in 2012-13, when the district operated with a tax of $7.94 per $1,000. The rate is less than half of what district residents were paying 24 years ago, when taxes were $19.02 per $1,000 of valuation.
The levy is estimated at $8,515,779, a declin
Festive Relay for Life opens Friday
|On an emotional and certainly upbeat note, the 2016 Relay For Life celebration for those fighting and having beaten cancer, got underway at Peaceful Valley Park Friday evening.|
Curt Parsons sang and played his guitar prior to the opening, at 6 p.m. sharp. Jolene Guenthner launched the opening ceremonies welcoming survivors, mates and friends for the evening of fund-raising scheduled to continue until just before sunrise today.
We are filled with hope, Guenther told the crowd. She traced a number of the activities through the long, entertaining and fruitful night ahead in Peaceful Valley.
Salena Schultz, a survivor, also welcomed the crowd and explained her personal battle with cancer.
Schultz explained tests were returned showing she had stage two cancer, after discovering a problem during self examination.
It is a unique story, she said, reflecting on the why me questions raised by so many after the diagnosis.
Treatments got underway with chemotherapy and radiation and she explained the traumatic loss of her hair. In the midst of this drama, she discovered she was pregnant.
The baby was and is fine, she told the relay crowd,
Salena Schultz, a cancer survivor, cut the ribbon Friday evening to open the Relay for Life here.
|Wearing a protective suit, Antigo police Officer Andy Hopfensberger bravely took on the bad man role Friday as K-9 Natscho, pictured with his handler, Officer Ryan Bula, shows off his bite skills during a noon-hour demonstration. With specific instruction by Bula, Natscho can aid law officers in incidents of uncooperative individuals as well as assisting in the search for illegal narcotics and tracking lost individuals.The event accompanied a brat fry held at Lakeside Market with proceeds donated to the agencys K-9 unit. ||
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