Galesville, WI (WXOW) – They can pack the stands at both performances and playoff games, now Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school officials want voters to pack the polling place on election day. And really, it’s because of their top notch programs.
“We really want to treat them the way they deserve with the facilities they deserve so they can continue the success,” said district administrator Aaron Engel.
At issue — whether to approve nearly $10 million for a 30-thousand square foot performing arts center.
It’s a big cost for a big project, and you might be thinking, what’s wrong with with what they’ve got: gymnatorium circa 1953?
From a new floor, to bleachers to some audio equipment, the gymnatorium’s seen a few upgrades over the years, but keep in mind that’s 66 years of use that’s currently split between arts and sports programs totaling more than 550 events each year.
“It’s never been a butting of the heads, but having that and having that as a bonus to the community I think is going to be great. I think it’s going to help out athletics too in the long run,” said G-E-T girls basketball coach Louis Hurd.
All that benefit does come with a cost to taxpayers — an estimated $7 increase a year on a $100,000 property.
But that’s why Engel is asking residents to look at the impact like this:
“For the cost of a couple of sodas or a Big Mac Meal at McDonald’s, you’re able to get a brand new performing arts center that will benefit everyone.”
Community survey results show 52% of respondents agree with that idea, but the district wants to hear from 100% of residents come April 2.
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