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Believes vote needed at Nicolet PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

My office has received inquiries from constituents regarding the referendum process for technical colleges. The inquiries have been made in light of news stories about Nicolet Technical College’s proposed $4.5 million expenditure to renovate the Learning Resources Center (LRC) at the Rhinelander campus.

State statutes read as follows: s.38.15 (1) and (3) requires that a technical college district board submit proposed building project expenditures in excess of $1.5 million to a referendum. This requirement does not apply to remodeling or improvement projects, depending upon how the project is financed.

If the Nicolet board elects to finance a project by issuing bonds, it may be subject to a different referendum requirement. Current law, s. 67.05 (6m) (a), requires a referendum for technical colleges that propose to issue more than $1.5 million in bonds for remodeling or improvement.

Based on my reading of the law and after consulting with legislative council, it appears the LRC renovation falls under the above statutes.

Therefore, barring further information, it appears the LRC renovation as being currently proposed will require a vote of the taxpayers of the technical college district. I know the administration and Nicolet board take their duty to the taxpayers of the district very seriously and will follow the letter and intent of the law.

If anyone has a question about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


State Sen. Tom Tiffany

12th Senate District

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:12 PM

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