Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Taxpayer Opposition to ReferendumSubmitted: 02/15/2013
Story By Lex Gray

RHINELANDER - Last week, we spent three days telling you why the Northland Pines, Three Lakes, and Rhinelander school districts are asking for more money.

The explanation is complicated, but it boils down to this: schools don't get as much aid from the state anymore, so they need to cut programs and ask for money locally.

We also told you that especially in Rhinelander, programs will be cut if the referendum fails.

But the downside if it passes? Your taxes will go up.

Today, we spoke with a taxpayer who says he supports education, but not that equation.

Michael Kuczek has paid taxes to the School District of Rhinelander since 1996.

He voted for the first referendum when he moved here, but then his property taxes rose dramatically.

"Quite frankly, I never thought I would be a person who voted against a school referendum, it almost makes me feel like a tea party crazy," he said. "I'm all for a good education but I was taxed out of one house. That's not any fun."

Kuczek thinks his property taxes will go up about $250 per year if the referendum passes.

That wouldn't make or break his budget at this point, but he says the district needs to be more responsible with their budget.

"I certainly am not looking to gut the schools. I just don't want to have to pay more taxes. I don't want the school board to spend money that they don't need to," Kuczek said. "We still want good schools, it's foolish to think we can get by with poor schools. The country lives and dies on the strength of the middle class. One of the great strengths is education. Without education, I don't think we'd have a middle class, quite frankly. It's a question of balancing the needs for education of the middle class and the ability of the middle class to pay for it."

The Rhinelander referendum election is Tuesday, February 19.

The school district posted pages of financial and referendum information on their website.

You can find the link below.

Related Weblinks:
Rhinelander Referendum Information

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

WAUSAU - North Central Health Care blames an "undetermined device failure" for the alarm and lock down in Wausau earlier this month.

A statement released Wednesday said the internal investigation ruled out human activation or remote activation of the emergency alarm.

Earlier this month, emergency crews locked down the hospital and surrounding area after a "Dr. Black" emergency was triggered. That alarm indicates a dangerous person with a weapon. After searching the facilities, no sign of an armed person was found anywhere in the hospital.

+ Read More

ASHLAND COUNTY - Investigators want to know what caused a car crash in Ashland County Tuesday morning that killed a Northland College student.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - You probably hear from your doctor or loved ones how important cancer screenings can be.

But getting one isn't always affordable if you don't have insurance or not enough coverage.

+ Read More

Play Video

IRON COUNTY - Tucked away in southern Iron County, many people consider the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage one of Wisconsin's best kept secrets.

When the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam 90 years ago, it flooded 16 natural lakes and impounded 14,000 acres creating the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.

The company owned the land until the state bought the flowage and 114 miles of shoreline surrounding it in 1990.

+ Read More

Play Video

SHAWANO COUNTY - In April, the Unified School District of Antigo school board voted to close Mattoon Elementary. 

Some community members weren't happy about that.

Now, the Village of Mattoon and two other people hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit against the district and the board.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Habitat for Humanity Northwoods wants to start building its 20th home. But first, it needs to find a family to receive the home.

The group will hold workshops to help families learn about Habitat for Humanity and apply for a home.

+ Read More

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - Many people use the hundreds of miles of ATV trails here in Oneida County. And those trail users will soon have a wider stretch of path to use as we approach the busy Memorial Day weekend.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here