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Madison community group hosts forum on MMSD referendum proposals

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of leaders from Madison’s school district helped explain the impact of two referendum proposals they’re working on right now.

The East Side Progressives hosted the forum Sunday night at Lake Edge Lutheran Church.

“We want people to be knowledgeable about what it is and what the background is, and also the opportunity to provide input while they still can,” said Jacob Wright, chair of the East Side Progressives.

The referenda include upgrades and expansions to existing schools and the potential of building a new elementary school.

Combined, they would add about $400 in property taxes on the average home in Madison.

MMSD administrators were all there to answer questions.

“Two of our schools are very involved, Frank Allis and LaFollette. And as the East Side Progressives organizing in this area, we thought it would be great for us to provide a neutral site and give our neighbors a chance to come in and learn about the referendum,” said Nan Brien, events coordinator for East Side Progressives.

The district will make final decisions on what will be in the proposals in spring. They’d likely be up for a vote next November.

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