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 Post subject: Vote no Feb. 21
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:25 pm 
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A Letter to the Editor in the Feb. 7 Tomahawk Leader

To the Editor:

Nicolet College is holding a referendum on one of the lowest voter turn out primaries. The citizens were given two month’s notice of the board’s intentions for holding a referendum. The board did not hold one citizen forum prior to deciding on going for a referendum.

Did you know:
1. Nicolet College has the third highest paid administrators of the 16 technical colleges. 19.7 their benefits. (Wisconsin Technical College staff salary analysis 2003-04).
2. When Nicolet College, had the smallest enrollment, in the Wisconsin Technical College System, the board gave the current president a base jump of 37 percent including a 28 percent annual increase in 2000. (Milwaukee Journal March 9, 2002.) The average annual income per capita, in the six counties was $17,882.50 (U.S. Bureau Census 2000). The average annual salary increase for many of these voters was between 0 and 3 percent.
3. The $23.5 million referendum equals $40 million over 15 years (Rhinelander Daily News Jan. 11, 2006).
4. The $16/$100,000 increase in property taxes is a guesstimate (let’s face it, property values are increasing rapidly).
With the declining K-12 enrollment and increase in the senior population, how can Nicolet College justify this excessive referendum?

Vote no on Feb. 21 against Nicolet College’s referendum. Tell the unelected board:
1. You deserve more information.
2. Consider the citizens ideas. Hold several forums in each county prior to deciding on holding a referendum.
3. Enough is enough – $20 here and $40 there has exceeded the citizens’ revenue caps.
If you cannot get out to vote, call your municipal clerk and request an absentee ballot.

Concerned taxpayers,
Ken Angell and Kelly Herman
Harshaw


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