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Issue Date: March 11, 2022

Letter to Editor:

PESHTIGO and GROVER SCHOOL TAX PAYERS

HOW I SEE THE ISSUES.

The Middle/High School Building Project and Referendums

This letter is the fourth installment of my Dec. 8 letter to the editor concerning the Middle/High School Building Project. It relates to the to the 5th referendum that is sure to happen as soon as the Superintendent and School Board can put it together. This letter represents an alternative to what the tax payers have voted "down" in the last 4 referendums.

Performance Service Inc.,"PSI" is a company of Engineers whose task is to listen to the School Board, Teachers, Contractors, and concerned citizens of the voting public as to their best solution to the Peshtigo building situation.

Five years ago Johnson Creek built a 5 dome complex for 20 million dollars to provide for grades 5-12. Last year they started work on 3 more domes for the complex. The "Dome Complex" would than handle all grades K-12 for 15 million dollars more. That adds up to 35 million dollars for their "Entirely New School System". Peshtigo wanted a referendum to pass for 35 million to rebuild an old building with LIMITED EVERYTHING as Johnson Creek secures a "Whole New System" for the same "PRICE". Voters and Education People; "WAKE UP it is YOUR TAX MONEY'!

Peshtigo has a golden opportunity to study the Johnson Creek School District. Why don't we do that; instead of having to vote down the next referendum like we had to do for the last four attempts.

Wouldn't it be due diligence and wonderful if, during this interim period, between now and the next referendum crusade, studies were done. Let's say some high school Juniors and/or Seniors, that are planning for "Public Relations or Engineering Vocations" study the Johnson Creek Complex. Better yet; some of our resident tax payers that are Engineers or like minded Professionals, would get together and study the High School Dome Complexes that already exist. Even better than that; how about both of these ideas coming together with the same goals in mind. Than everyone may see if this is the truth or not!

The School Board will not make this happen. They have their own lives to live as well as the normal school board responsibilities. Our Superintendent will not make it happen. He has plenty of normal superintendent duties that he is responsible for. This is why PSI was brought into the building project. After studying the situation, PSI comes up with solutions that will make themselves a lot of money at your and my tax dollar expense. Pay attention Peshtigo and Grover tax payers "Its Your Money"

The problem with all of these referendums is that the public is becoming complacent and doesn't want to deal with it anymore. This is exactly what the School Board is counting on. Then they can; Frankly; "do what ever they want".

If any of this letter makes sense; no matter what your view on this matter is; we all must talk to other Tax Payers in the Peshtigo School District. We must make it a point to talk to 10 other individuals who will in turn then talk to 10 more individuals. Then this letter stands a chance of being considered prudent.

The School Board and Superintendent are planning a survey for all tax paying voters. This is YOUR CHANCE to have a say in how your Tax Dollars will be spent. Make Your Voice Be Heard!!!

For more outside information contact the following:

*Johnson Creek School District 5-12 Dome School-TSP

*teamtsp.com/portfolio-items/johnsoncreek-school

*Monolithic Dome Institute 972-483-7423 monolithic.com

*South Industries.com 208-754-4422

*TSP Rochester Mn. 55901 507-288-8155 teamtsp.com

* Spencer, WI School district Monolithic Dome Project

*NOTABLE QUOTE

"The quality of a student's education is NOT a result of the building he was class roomed in; But it is the result of his teachers and parents with emphasis on parents!!!"

Marshall Lund

Editor:

DON'T DRINK THE KOOL-AID.

Almost a year ago, I was elected to represent the Town of Peshtigo on a platform of SAFE drinking water to all those impacted by PFAS contamination caused by Tyco/Johnson Controls (Tyco/JCI). From the outside looking in it may seem we are no closer to that solution, but that assumption would be wrong. The tireless work done over the past year has clarified viable solutions, opened doors of communication and cleared the fog from any lens of uncertainty as to the next steps. Our goal was, and still is, to provide a source of water for all residents whose wells have been contaminated, at no cost to those residents or the town taxpayers in general. We are continuing to work toward that goal. It is not acceptable that the town residents be forced to pay to solve a problem they did not cause.

Town residents are now being directly targeted by Tyco/JCI with the narrative that Tyco/JCI can provide them with a solution that fixes the problem they created. The current Tyco/JCI strategy is to scare residents into believing that annexation is their best path forward. Rather than simply trusting that Tyco/JCI is suddenly concerned with your welfare, consider the impacts of annexation both to you, as well as to the neighbors you would be leaving behind. Consider what Tyco/JCI probably did not tell you.

Annexation to the city of Marinette will require you to pay city taxes, rather than the much lower town tax levy. By my calculations, the difference in town and city mill rates would mean that the owner of a $200,000 home would pay an additional $1,598.00 in property taxes each year. Properties in the city have to pay municipal water rates on an ongoing basis, and city ordinances also require you to connect to the public sanitary sewer system and pay sanitary

sewer charges each month. City residents also pay stormwater utility charges to the city.

Annexation would make you subject to all of the city's rules. Consider whether you prefer to be able to hunt and discharge firearms on your property, or burn brush, or ride ATVs and snowmobiles. These issues may be more or less important to each individual but consider the regulations the city will enforce before deciding annexation sounds like a good deal.

In the unlikely event you consider annexation to be in your best interest, I encourage you to consider your neighbors as well. Nobody but the town is fighting for those residents with contaminated wells that are located outside of the Tyco/JCIs self-prescribed study area. The more residents Tyco/JCI is able to siphon out of the town, the more difficult a water solution would be for those residents who are not being solicited for annexation. The area Tyco/JCI is promising to serve is also the most densely populated part of the town, where service costs per resident are the lowest. The town will still have all of its fixed expenses such as the recycling center, employee wages etc., and most of its variable expenses, such as road maintenance and snow plowing, but would lose a high percentage of its tax base. Town of Peshtigo residents will be left the same operating costs to be divided amongst a smaller number of taxpayers meaning increased taxes for all. Is "divide and conquer" really the best solution for the town? As someone who lives in the area Tyco/JCI is promising to serve, and who could arguably benefit from the proposal being made, I plan to stay put. I plan to hold the line. I know first-hand, each and every variable at play and it's the only option that allows my conscience to rest well at night.

If you feel disconnected, scared, unaware, please attend our monthly town water meetings the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 at the Town Hall. Sign up for digital notices from the townofpeshtigo.org website and you will be kept informed of all progress and efforts being made on your behalf. Once you consider the facts, I trust you will say NO to annexation and YES to SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR ALL.

Cindy Boyle,

Town of Peshtigo Chair and resident

in the Tyco contamination area



 


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