Nicolet Forward Referendum FAQ
Please read the FAQs and follow the links below to learn more about why the referendum is necessary.
What does the referendum say and what will we be voting on?
The question on the ballot will be whether to approve the following:
“Shall the Nicolet Union High School District, Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $77,400,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project at Nicolet Union High School consisting of: safety, security and accessibility updates; building systems and infrastructure improvements; construction of additions, renovations and improvements, including to classrooms and labs; construction of and improvements to outdoor physical education and athletic facilities; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?”
If the referendum is approved by voters, the estimated tax increase for each $100,000 of market property value would be $111 per year ($9.25 per month) for approximately 21 years.
What effect does the quality of schools have on local property values?
In their study, Nonlinear Effect of School Quality on House Prices, researchers Abigail J. Chiodo, Rubén Hernández-Murillo, and Michael T. Owyang found that “the price premium parents must pay to buy a house in an area associated with a better school increases as school quality increases.”
The authors’ findings held true even after controlling for other neighborhood characteristics, and they conclude that “the price premium from school quality remains substantially large, particularly for neighborhoods associated with high-quality schools.”
Where can I find out more information about Nicolet High School?
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