PowerUp: Waunakee Schools’ $175 million referendum

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 26, 2022

MADISON — The Waunakee Community School District is asking taxpayers to approve a $175 million capital referendum — the third most expensive such school tax ask in state history.

“$175 million is $25 million more expensive than the first phase of the state-of-the art UW Madison engineering building going up right now on campus that’s designed to train thousands of engineering students,” John Soper, a member of A Responsible Waunakee told Empower Wisconsin on the Vicki McKenna Show.

The district, which also has a $10 million operating referendum on the November ballot, wants to build two new schools — an elementary and a middle school. It’s too much for taxpayers of a suburban Madison community of about 15,000 residents, taxpayers who don’t trust the ambitious growth numbers and nominal property tax impact estimates district officials are selling.

“I’m pretty sure you could do it a little cheaper if you really tried,” Soper said.

Waunakee resident John Soper is our guest on today’s edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.

And find more information on Facebook at Waunakee Referendum Fact Check

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