generic clomid 25mg cheap viagra online overnight shipping nolvadex how to get it birth control with out a perscription trazodone white pill generic cialis shipped with in canada doxycycline price in the philippines sildenafil citrate cipla lipitor india recall fortamet order crestor medication cost advair pill where to buy lithium zithromax 40 mg lipitor with or without food how to buy accutane online dapoxetine viagra combo propecia generic 5mg crestor tablet uses is healthy man legitimate vigria cymbalta cheaper alternative what is tamoxifen used for fexofenadine prescription clomid over the counter online buying valtrex uk paroxetine 45 mg buy voltaren pills price xenical us topamax tablet 50mg super viagara ventolin 2mg tablets order page buy cialis usa cheap tetracycline online where to buy omeprazole online effexor generic brand price crestor tablets cheaper alternative strattera brand cialis non prescription needed phone orders for cheap viagra cost zyrtec-d canadian pharmacy discount code viagra brand viagra online us celebrex usage generic olanzapine price cheap viagra online canada phenergan syrup uk fucidin price in india voltaren retard 100mg accutane and seizure disorder buy metronidazole 500mg buy generic zovirax ointment accutane cost in india price of lamictal xr generic lasix 40 mg buy clomid online no prescription uk doxycycline-induced pill esophagitis treatment how to safely buy viagra online combitic global caplet price of metformin 500 mg zithromax 200 mg 5 ml oracea branded viagra buying trazodone buy valtrex 4rx generic cialis no prescription valsartan 40 mg prices flonase buying crestor 10 mg tablet aukland pharmacy disulfiram pantoprazole cost of singulair price in canada buy accutane online usa cymbalta 60 mg uk viagra fedex overnight shipping augmentin 1g price philippines allegra cost india abilify 45 mg price estradiol tablets cost of cipro at walgreens buy yasmin now cost levaquin medication canadian online phamacy cipro overnight diovan buy zovirax retail price tadalafil buy generic viagra without rx finasteride prescription cost doxycycline price at cvs parkizol online wellbutrin in canada where to buy doxycycline once generic valtrex uk allegra tablets 120mg generic gabapentin 100mg levitra 40 mga for sale mexico beach buy duloxetine india order viagra online chemist buy prednisone in uk celexa 60 mg dosage cipro drug cost desyrel priapism canadianphamarcy24 fluticasone generic price of singulair 10mg finasteride price walmart buy prescription viagra without cheap propecia online does diflucan get rid of yeast infections naproxen 93 149 mg naproxen tablets usp 500 mg online prednisone can i buy accutane over the counter taking doxycycline without infection buy allegra in bulk duloxetine canada cialis without prescr1ption generic plavix medicine cost of propecia prescription lasix to get high zyrtec price india generic seroquel xr 300 levaquin cheap pramipexole online pharmacy order cialis vs viagra ezetimibe tablets price prednisone tablets plavix generic walgreens buy zithromax online fast shipping discount pfizer viagra propecia buy australia fexofenadine cost at walmart mail order lipitor wellbutrin sr 200 mg generic venetian las vegas discount viagra silagra uk suppliers augmentin 625 new price lexapro 30 mg celebrex us fda ciprofloxacin 500 mg en espanol rosuvastatin tablets canada pills online wellbutrin problems with generic prevacid us price online ketoconazole cream cipro no prescription buy topiramate mexico norvasc price pakistan buy propecia generic in canada how many mg nolvadex pct synthroid oral tablet 50 mcg viagra same price as generic order imitrex tablets online celebrex dose tablets buy lasix granules zpak online buying phenergan tablets levothyroxine for sale online ventolin tablets australia cost lipitor philippines lasix oral tablet 20 mg order prednisone for dogs can take prednisone birth control pills purchase viagra from pfizer prevacid cost canada uk metformin quetiapine tablet price zoloft pill femara costco lamotrigine generic india gabapentin 50 mg xenical diet uk order accutane no prescription price fortamet order non perscription levlen zzpills secure medical fluconazole dosage oropharyngeal candidiasis buy xenical orlistat uk xenical for sale in the uk ventolin inhaler inhaler woman and viagra cipro 500 mg iv finpecia online india paroxetine tablets fexofenadine hydrochloride generic buying rogaine in hong kong crestor generic alternative buying doxycycline malaysia buy voltaren plus price omeprazole philippines lithium iodide accutane generic good proscar 5 mg fiyat canadian atarax price claritin wellbutrin xl 300 mg weight loss buy topamax online no prescription viagra samples ventolin inhaler generic fortamet 2500 mg phenergan dosage 10 year old xenical price philippines 2013 buy viagra with green dot card celexa 40 cheap levitra tablets nexium 20 mg spc buy generic allegra d online imitrex expiration doxycycline no pres price of clomid in the philippines does fucidin cream get rid of spots buy lexapro online forum buy viagracheap price furosemide us cialis generic 5mg abilify price with insurance allegra d generic augmentin 156 mg 5 ml tadalafil online pharmacy can i buy propecia over the counter buy kitten antibiotics cymbalta prescription price valtrex online 4rx clomid men side effects finasteride buy mastercard cymbalta 30 mg qui connait buy finpecia online uk order prednisone online prevacid 30mg 100mg sildenafil citrate norvasc price in the philippines cialis on sale online mastercard buy cheap viagra generic online can wellbutrin get u high finasteride cheapest non generic accutane zithromax average cost lybrel birth control buy crestor 5 mg vs lipitor 10mg order zovirax online names of online pharmacies orlistat 120 mg dosage where to get rogaine foam letrozole price in india amitriptyline without prescription generic for actonel 150 mg price omeprazole tablets india buy proscar oral buy generic antibiotics online female cialis pills generic wellbutrin xl viagra australia cheap rogaine from canada taking valtrex without having herpes nolvadex price philippines generic lipitor price drop augmentin tablet dose cost cymbalta drug zyprexa 20 mg metformin online pharmacy no prescription zitromax from canada non generic cost wellbutrin sr 200mg generic lipitor or recall cost singulair 4 mg chewable diovan 160 mg cost augmentin syrup india metformin oral tablet 500 mg generic lexapro alternative metformin cost in india metformin 1000 mg for sale clomid get prescription valsartan for sale augmentin 625 mg for cough estradiol cream price lasix 40 mg po bid buy lamictal with no prescription price citalopram 20mg yasmin price buy cheap online levitra tetracycline cheap doxycycline hyclate 100mg pill buy online fluoxetine clomid getting pregnant fast nexium pill cost cheap plavix uk celexa online prescription lipitor sale canada clomid online united states cheapest ventolin inhaler buy alli twin pack can you sell viagra on ebay 60 tablet valtrex buy keppra xr online where to buy levaquin buying zithromax online where can you buy viagra cheap levitra 40mg bulk prices generic for voltaren finasteride walmart cost who has the cheapest levitra where to buy viagra online and cheap celexa get nizoral shampoo 2 one accutane pill per week cheap celebrex online generic singulair now order femara online no prescription buy generic flonase buy generic valtrex online canada lexapro mastercard with no prescriptions buy accutane v-drugstore femara price in uk can crestor get you high zocor 40 mg price price protonix generic buy viagra uk generic price of femara in egypt buy viagra bangkok nizoral 1 uk prednisone 20 mg street value lexapro order canada india fortamet clomid generic vs brand metformin mg dosage buy ketoconazole 200 mg ampicillin cheap zithromax price fexofenadine for sale lipitor 20 mg vs 10mg buy nolvadex and clomid uk topamax 150 mg buy brand avodart online generic form of norvasc discount cialis 20mg promethazine 6.5 mg celebrex 400 mg price generic paxil mexico tablet celexa amoxicillin tablets how supplied prednisone 5mg cost propecia uk order generic zyrtec prescription cheap 2.5 mg tadalafil lexapro generic 2012 march cost cymbalta usa is cymbalta a pill or capsule amoxil 500 mg indicaciones sildenafil citrate buy online buy online zyprexa nexium in uk canadian ed meds fosamax generic buy singulair buy online canada generic fluoxetine tablets buy 125 mcg synthroid anyone buy accutane online singulair granules professional levitra online where to buy avodart spray amoxil 7 days buy viagra legally order synthetic viagra crestor 5 mg every other day cialis now online xenical online au antibiotics cream viagra next day uk lexapro 2.5 mg every other day mirapex order pantoprazole price list effexor without how many mg celebrex lexapro cost 20 mg crestor generic in canada buy celebrex 200mg cheap lexapro alternative propecia price nz fluconazole tablet and birth control cheap effexor canada zestril lisinopril 4 sale synthroid gray pill allegra skye saved read online cialis professional 100 mg wellbutrin online buy canadianmeds 24hr buy nolvadex united kingdom trazodone price without insurance cialis amex cialis_original_10mg avodart buy nexium 40 mg medication prednisone get you high cialis pills uk order estradiol cymbalta price us how to get a tramadol buzz bupropion hcl price price fexofenadine hydrochloride zovirax generic ointment diovan generic sandoz promethazine 25 mg mallinckro buy zovirax cream canada lowest cost viagra 100mg sex pills for women, canada topamax price uk buy synthroid 50 mcg raquel allegra online store ventolin no prescription buy tramadol online all states buy quetiapine in canada overnight propranolol topiramate generic id buy celebrex toe nail promethazine 12.5 mg gel buy xenical slimming pills get promethazine prescription lasix pill size topamax buy cheap fluconazole the pill allegra k clothing canada donde comprar cialis generico deltasone uk wellbutrin cost at walgreens dapoxetine medicine dutasteride 3.5 mg orlistat price canada zyprexa 7.5 mg drug buy propecia shops buy cheap donepezil zovirax or generic ketoconazole sale buy the blue pill pharmacy online wellbutrin sr pill strength zoloft pill 50 mg zovirax generic ointment price ventolin spacer price drug extra erectile dysfunction dapoxetine yan etkileri diflucan 150 mg is used for actonel online generic nexium 2013 crestor tablets cut in half cialis pill looks like where to buy valtrex cream pharmacy discounts for levitra can buy prednisone mexico generic viagra india 100mg simvastatin price canada get lithium mod themes deltasone pill prednisone 3mg generic doxycycline mail order lisinopril 40/12.5 lexapro generic target combivent inhalers without prescription order viagra international cheap doxycycline tabletscheap canadian meds zyrtec tabletten advair cost savings clomid online 50mg levitra for sale on line buy lisinopril online uk lexapro us pharmacy accutane stories uk generic for prozac cheap discount cialis allegra k online shop cost of nizoral shampoo in india buy cheap celexa antabuse over the counter generic donepezil price india order keppra purchase cialis cheap celebrex price in egypt zyprexa sale in us generic claritin at walgreens get off prednisone quickly zetia 40 generic lasix price viagra pfizer bestellen cost for tamoxifen accutane 40 mg to 80 mg clomid and nolvadex for sale uk pill crestor 10 buy clomid dallas price zoloft canada ciprofloxacin hydrochloride tablet uses get accutane prescription trazodone 50 mg price lipitor how to get off of it buy clomid wholesale prednisone get out your system propecia generic cheap getting cymbalta out of your system donepezil cheap cheap nolvadex 20mg pfizer viagra 100mg coupon voli low cost cipro easyjet buy generic viagra in australia
Share this page on facebook
Port Washington

Architects cut cost of Port High project to $50 million PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:29

Officials hope $11 million reduction will be enough to win voter support in April

    Architects who proposed a $61 million renovation of Port Washington High School now say they can cut that cost to $50 million while retaining key elements of the initial design in an attempt to win public support for an April referendum, Supt. Michael Weber told the Port Washington-Saukville School Board Building and Grounds Committee Monday.

    Bray Architects initially proposed demolishing about 70% of the high school and rebuilding it to create a modern school with a stunning entryway as well as new gyms, a cafeteria and classrooms.

    To pare the price, Weber said, some parts of the school initially slated for demolition would be retained but gutted. Design elements like the entryway and new facilities built on the hillsides on the south and west sides of the school would remain part of the proposal.

    A work group comprised of administrators and school board members has expressed support for the revised Bray plan, Weber said.

    “The work group is pleased with the proposal Bray is recommending,” he said.

    Efforts to revise a sweeping proposal to renovate the high school and build additions onto the district’s three elementary schools was prompted by a survey last month that showed while a majority of district residents support school renovations, they are not willing to spend $61 million on the high school and $25 million on the elementary schools.

    Survey responses also showed that residents would not support doing both the high school and elementary school renovations at the same time, an approach that would cost taxpayers an estimated $86 million. When asked to choose, most survey respondents indicated the high school should be the priority.

    “It was fairly obvious from the survey that we need to take a look at another proposal to reduce the tax levy impact while still keeping the highest priority needs in the project,” Weber said.

    What the survey did not tell school officials is how much taxpayers are willing to spend on the schools. It appears Bray and school officials are betting that amount will be around $50 million for the high school.     

    The fate of the elementary schools, however, remains uncertain.

    Abnormally large and often unpredictable enrollments in particular grades, referred to as bubble classes, and additional requirements for programs like special education have created space issues at Lincoln and Dunwiddie elementary schools, administrators have said.

    At Saukville Elementary School, the only open concept school in the district, security is the concern.

    Bray Architects had proposed building regulation gyms and community rooms at Lincoln and Saukville Elementary schools. That would free existing space for additional classrooms and address the need for school facilities that can also be used by the public.

    At Dunwiddie Elementary School, Bray proposed building an addition onto the front of the school that would provide a new secure entryway, additional classrooms and a community room. A new parking lot was also part of the proposal.

    At a meeting earlier this month, Weber told the school board he believes the cost of renovating the elementary schools could be reduced from $25 million to between $10 million and $12 million by eliminating the gym addition at Saukville Elementary School, building a smaller addition onto the back of Dunwiddie Elementary School and foregoing the new parking lot.

    At Saukville, Weber said, the renovations would focus on security by providing a new public entrance to the gym and partitions within the school building.

    At Lincoln Elementary School, a new regulation gym would remain part of the plan because it would serve two purposes — provide a large gym that could also be used by nearby Thomas Jefferson Middle School, which needs additional indoor recreation space but cannot be easily renovated to provide it, and free existing space at Lincoln for additional classrooms.

    The question administrators and board members continue to wrestle with is whether to draft a referendum that seeks funding for all school buildings at the same time or take a phased approach that would anticipate a series of referendums over a number of years.

    What’s clear, Weber said, is Bray Architects does not believe the high school project can be divided into phases.

    “They looked at a phased-in approach at the high school, but the problem is what happens if one phase of the project passes (in a referendum) but the other phases don’t?” Weber said.

    The elementary school projects may be better suited to a phased approach, but Weber said that regardless of a referendum, the district intends to use money from its fund balance to make security improvements at Saukville Elementary School and create a new, secure entrance at Dunwiddie Elementary School.

    “The new entrance at Lincoln cost a little more than $100,000,” Jim Froemming, director of business services, said. “In the grand scheme of fund balance, $100,000 is not that big of a deal.”

    Bray Architects is scheduled next month to present a revised plan to the board, which intends to approve referendum questions in January.

    “My goal is to have the high school look like a new school when we’re finished with it,” school board member Brian McCutcheon, chairman of the building and grounds committee, said. “I hope we can also handle some of our important needs at the elementary schools.

    “I hope we can get it all done.”    


City of Port residents in line for break on tax bills PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:18

Anticipated decrease of $1 per $1,000 in valuation attributed to state aid hikes

    Port Washington residents can expect to receive significantly smaller tax bills this year, City Administrator Mark Grams said Tuesday.

    The overall tax rate should be about $1 less per $1,000 in assessed valuation, Grams told the Common Council.

    The total tax levy — which includes funds not just for city operations but also the Port Washington-Saukville School District, Ozaukee County, technical school district and the state — will be $16 million, compared to $16.8 million last year, Grams said.

    The tax rate needed to raise that levy will be $18.75 per $1,000, he said, $1.13 less than last year’s rate of $19.88.

    Grams said he does not have the amount for the school tax credit, although he estimates it will be about the same as last year.

    He also does not have the amounts for the lottery credit or first credit, but said those tend to remain stable.

    “Overall, I would say we will see the tax rate go down about a buck per $1,000,” he said. “I think that’ll be the worst case. There’s no question people will see a reduction in the tax rate of at least $1.

    “That’s good news. Everybody should be happy.”

    The big reasons for the drop in the tax levy and rate, he said, are increased state aid for the Port-Saukville schools and the technical school district.

    On Tuesday, the Port Common Council approved an $8.9 million budget for 2015 after a public hearing in which no one offered any comments on the spending plan.

    The city’s tax levy of $4.9 million — also approved by aldermen — will require a tax rate of $5.79 per $1,000 assessed valuation, a decrease of two cents, Grams said.

    The city’s recycling fee, which is a special assessment on the tax bill, will remain stable at $34, he said.

    Sewer and water rates will also remain the same as last year, Grams said.

    The city budget is largely a status quo spending plan, officials said, maintaining many city services while not offering many new initiatives.

    Although officials are concerned about the state of the city’s roads, there are no major street projects planned in 2015. Instead, officials said, they will work to create a street repair plan and ways to finance it.

    Another project not included in the 2015 spending plan is a study of the feasibility of a second fire station for the city.

Port plan raises questions about lake views PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:24

Downtown proposal that calls for lakefront development prompts residents to voice concerns at public hearing  

    Questions but few criticisms were offered by several dozen people attending a hearing on a redevelopment plan for downtown Port Washington last week before the document was accepted by the Common Council.

    Most of the questions centered around plans for development near the lakefront, how they would affect the views of neighboring properties, draw business to the area and whether they would be sustainable.

    “Have you looked at the rest of the neighborhood?” asked Pat Wilborn, 233 E. Pier St. “When you get something like that going, what happens to my house?”

    Wilborn, who said he is pro-development, also asked whether the proposed uses would help attract residents and visitors to the lakefront throughout the year.

    “Are you looking at development in view of reducing the death grip (of winter)?” he asked. “How are we going to bring people into Port in January and February?”    

    The plans for the lakefront, officials said, were developed to minimize the effect on views but they will alter some.

    “It’s hard to protect views,” said Jason Wittek, a member of the city’s Community Development Authority, which commissioned the plan.

    The plan, which calls for the parking lot on Washington Street just north of the north slip portion of the marina to be developed into a restaurant or brewpub, also calls for most of the east side of the building to be transparent, with large windows on several sides, officials noted.

    Bringing in a business like a brewpub — suggested by many of the roughly 90 people who attended a brainstorming session for the redevelopment plan — will create a year-round destination that will help make the plan sustainable, officials said.

    Other lakefront developments in the plan include creating a banquet hall with a community center at the former grocery store in the Port Harbor Center and a residential building to be constructed on land across Washington Street where Victor’s restaurant is currently located. The parking lot east of Victor’s would be shifted to the east, closing a portion of Lake Street.

    A grand entrance to the marina would be created on Washington Street east of Harborview Lane, and this could be reconfigured to provide better pedestrian access to the harborwalk and the north breakwater as improvements are made there. The marina parking lot would also be reconfigured to accommodate the nearby developments as well as boat owners.

    Mary Ann Voigt, a co-owner of the Port Harbor Center near the parking lot, asked where customers of the new business would park.

    “The marina is only used so much of the time,” Ald. Mike Ehrlich, a member of the CDA, said. “Why not double up on its use?”

    Don Voigt, another owner of the Harbor Center, asked if the city could bring more green space to the lakefront and downtown in general, saying it would help draw visitors.

    There would be green space on the east and south sides of the proposed brew pub lot, Ehrlich said, and there are ways to incorporate additional green space in the reworked marina parking lot.

    “The more green we can make our marina area, the better,” he said.

    The plan also recommends two residential buildings, one facing Washington Street and the other facing Pier Street, be constructed on the Portabello Pizza property.

    Another housing development could be created on the Jadair property south of Grand Avenue and west of South Milwaukee Street — a mid-rise building with as many as 50 apartments on the west end of the property and 15 townhouses on the south side of the land.

    A public walking path could also be created on the wooded area on the far south side of the parcel, the plan states.

    “This is a very interesting plan,” one man said. “I like the direction it’s going. But as a Pier Street resident, the one thing downtown is missing now is a basic grocery store.”

    The plan does suggest that the property at the corner of South Wisconsin Street and Grand Avenue — across from City Hall — could be redeveloped and become home to a small market, officials noted.

    “We’ve had three Realtors and they can’t find a grocery store willing to come in,” Voigt said.    

    But the increased residential development in the plan might be enough to spur interest by providing additional traffic for a market, officials said.

    Aldermen were enthusiastic about the plan before they approved it after the public hearing.

    Ald. Doug Biggs said he was initially concerned about the loss of public land around the marina.

    “But much of the public space we’re talking about is concrete,” he said. “We’re talking about something that could be described as blighted and turning it into a place where people would gather.”

    While not as visible as many of the other areas, the Jadair property proposals could also have a major impact on downtown, Ald. Paul Neumyer said.

    “It would really complete the area,” he said.

    Ald. Dan Becker said the plan creates a needed vision to guide development.

    “I think it’s really exciting,” he said. “It’s good just to see what it could look like there.

    “Obviously all these sites except for the parking lot are owned by other folks, but this could encourage some of these owners, show them this is what could be, and get them excited too.”

    The plan also gives developers an idea of what the city wants and will approve for these areas, Mayor Tom Mlada said.

    “It helps us lead this forward, and it also provides vision,” he said. “I think we’re going to get some serious interest.

    “This isn’t something that will gather dust on a shelf. We’ll begin to act on it. There are some opportunities for us to move on this (plan) in the next year.”

Industrial noise sparks call for town crackdown PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:33

Briggs & Stratton’s equipment testing continues to irk residents who ask board to enforce ordinance

    A group of neighbors tired of what they say is excessive noise coming from the Briggs & Stratton proving grounds on Highway LL beseeched the Port Washington Town Board on Monday to enforce the town’s noise ordinance.

    It was a recurring debate that got testy as more than a dozen frustrated residents confronted the board over an issue they say has been recurring for years — one they said they need the town’s help in resolving.

    “I don’t think any demand we’re making is unreasonable. We’re looking for a time frame for it to be solved, and we’ll keep coming until it’s handled,” Michael Howarth, 3251 Bay Hill Rd., told the board.

    Officials, for their part, said they have been trying to work with the company to solve the problem and noted the complexity of dealing with noise issues.

    Town Chairman Jim Melichar said he’s taken the residents’ complaints to company representatives at the proving grounds and they assured him they are working to solve the issue.

    He said he was told a request to install acoustic fencing to muffle the sound is pending before corporate officials.

    The town, Melichar said, has to work with the company as well as residents.

    “What am I supposed to do? Shut them down?” Melichar asked. “I have a hard time asking a business to shut down.”

    That’s not what they want either, residents said. They just want the noise to be controlled so they can enjoy their properties.

    Although there have been some improvements — Briggs no longer tests its machinery at night, they said — there is much that needs to be done yet.

    The problem, residents said, is that Briggs & Stratton will run mowers on pavement, unmanned, for 15 hours a day to test them, which creates a loud and annoying noise that spreads through the area.

    “When they run those mowers over concrete, it gets pretty noisy,” one man told the board.

    “We moved here for the quiet,” another man said. “To have factory noise when you’re sitting outside is pretty annoying.”

    “I hear it when my windows are closed,” said Nancy Gauthier, 3283 Bay Hill Rd. “It’s not so much the volume as the pitch. It’s a whine that really drives you crazy.”

    The noise isn’t a daily event, but it happens frequently, residents said.

    “Their methods change all the time,” Al Gauthier said. “This summer it was quiet.”

    Melichar said he’s spoken to workers at the site who say they are trying to get a noise-absorbing fence installed that should help the situation.

    “That is going to be their first line of defense,” Melichar said.

    The town has a noise ordinance, and the board needs to enforce it, said Rory Cattelan, 3274 Bay Hill Rd.

    Cattelan, who sent the board an e-mail prior to the meeting outlining his concerns, noted that the ordinance calls for all noise to be muffled or controlled so it is not objectionable.

    “There is no control or muffling at all,” he wrote. “No berm, no shelter, no vegetation, nothing. Why isn’t this ordinance enforced? Are we not an annoyed or disturbed neighborhood? What makes Briggs & Stratton exempt from abiding by these ordinances?”

    Cattelan reiterated those concerns at the meeting, adding that he and his neighbors only want to enjoy their property.

    “If the town does not pressure them to be good neighbors, then they have no incentive and we have no voice,” he wrote. “But we do have a vote.”

    Town Supr. Mike Didier said part of the problem is that noise ordinances are difficult to enforce. The town can write a citation, but too often, it will be thrown out in court on a technicality, he said.

    “That’s one reason we’re trying to work with them first,” he said.

    Melichar said he went to the site after receiving Cattelan’s e-mail, and officials there told him they’re doing all they can.

    “They’re working their way through corporate,” he said.

    But the neighbors said they keep getting promises and not action from the firm, and they’re sick of it.

    “Why can’t they just put hay bales around the fence?” asked Howarth. “It’s worth a shot. It’s got to be better than nothing.”

    Melichar said this might be a solution, at least until the company installs acoustic fencing.

    “I’ll talk to them tomorrow. I’ll take a semiload of straw there and donate it,” he said. “That should help.”

    But Cattelan told the board it needs to keep the pressure on Briggs & Stratton to solve the problem.

    “I hate coming to complain to you as much as you hate hearing from me, but without pressure, noting will happen,” he said.  “Our best approach is to force them to be friendly neighbors.”

State aid hike gives PW-S schools a windfall PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:57

Largest general aid increase received by any district in county will give residents bigger tax break than expected 

    An increase in general state aid — the largest received by any school district in Ozaukee County this year — will give Port Washington-Saukville School District taxpayers a significantly greater tax break than expected, according to a 2014-15 budget approved by the school board Monday.

    The district will receive $595,432 more in state general aid this year, a $4.6% increase that brings the total amount of general aid to $13.5 million.    

    For the first time in three years, the state is paying more to educate students in the Port-Saukville School District than local taxpayers are.

    Why? Because relative to other school districts, the Port-Saukville school system is poorer in terms of property value given the number of students it educates.

    The formula used to determine state general school aid is complex, but to a large extent it is based on property value and enrollment.

    The property value per student in the Port-Saukville District is $573,540, the lowest in the county. The second lowest is $682,646 for the Northern Ozaukee School District in Fredonia.

    “That surprises me because when you look at the Northern Ozaukee District, you think we have to be more property rich,” Jim Froemming, the director of business services for the Port-Saukville School District, said.

    But, he noted, the Northern Ozaukee District educates far fewer students, 821 compared to Port-Saukville’s 2,611.

    And although Fredonia based, the Northern Ozaukee school system includes valuable Saukville industrial property as well as Town of Belgium lakefront properties.

    The property value per student is $731,407 in the Grafton School District, $754,994 in the Cedarburg School District and $1.3 million in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, which receives just $2.2 million in state general aid.

    Port-Saukville School Supt. Michael Weber noted that an increase in state aid does not equate to more money for education.

    “If we receive more state aid and the revenue limit stays the same, our students realize no benefit,” he said. “But it does result in tax relief, and in a sense we’re getting our fair share of state aid instead of it being distributed elsewhere in the state.”

    The school board on Monday approved a 2014-15 tax levy of $13.8 million, a $403,856 (2.85%) decrease from last year.

    The decrease in the levy, combined with a 4% increase in the district’s equalized property value, results in a tax rate of $9.22 per $1,000 of property value, a 6.6% decrease that will reduce the tax rate by 66 cents per $1,000 of value.

    That means that the owner of a $175,000 home, adjusted for appreciation, will pay about $49 less in school taxes this year.

    The actual savings will depend, however, on where that home is located and how the value of that community compares to others in the district.

    For instance, in the City of Port Washington, where equalized property values increased 4.4%, the average tax savings is estimated by the district to be $46.    

    In the Village of Saukville, however, where property value increased by only 2.7%, the average homeowner can expect to pay about $72 less in school taxes.

    The amount of money residents pay to support schools is controlled by state revenue limits, but there are exceptions that affect the tax levy.

    Districts are allowed to exceed those limits if, for instance, voters approve referendums, and in that regard the Port-Saukville School District is an aberration. It is the only district in the county that does not have referendum debt, a fact that officials have noted as they prepare a multi-million-dollar spending plan that will need to be approved by voters if the district is to renovate Port Washington High School and address space concerns at the elementary schools.

    Districts are also allowed to tax beyond revenue limits for community service expenses — those attributable to community use of school facilities, such as gyms. The Port-Saukville School District will levy $252,411 for community service this school year.

    The problem for districts is that the state has frozen community service levies. That could be a challenge for the Port-Saukville School District, whose architect has proposed building regulation gyms at Saukville and Lincoln elementary schools, as well as Port Washington High School, to meet not only the needs of students but the increasing demand from the community for gym space. Under the community service levy freeze, the district cannot tax more to cover its costs of providing and maintaining facilities used by the community even if it builds new facilities for that purpose, Froemming said.

    “The state is basically saying, if you’re going to add these kinds of facilities, you may have to charge the community more in fees (not taxes) to use them,” he said.

    Although the district does not have referendum debt, it is repaying a $1.8 million loan used to finance improvements. Because the improvements will result in verifiable energy savings, state law allowed the district to borrow the money without voter approval.

    The district launched the $2.27 million project in 2012, opting to finance $1.8 million of that cost to make improvements that ranged from the installation of energy-efficient lighting to new heating and cooling systems.

    The improvements resulted in an energy savings of $57,167 over the last year, $21,630 of which will be used to reduce this year’s debt payment. The payment plan calls for the district to make annual payments of about $195,000 over 10 years. This year’s payment will be $171,100 because of the savings applied to the debt.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 10 of 64