Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Elmbrook's new referendum mentioned on talk radio


You ask for the outrageous so that you can come back for the ghastly.

I did not say that, but I do agree. I happened to catch that statement on the radio this morning while tuning in for the weather report. Jay Webber briefly mentioned Elmbrook's new $62.2 million high school referendum. ($62.2 million is still much too high for me; there is still too much fat in this plan.)

Personally, if our community is going to invest that much money, then we should be aiming for a better solution: one high school campus, greatly reducing nonresident students, and doing a better job of maintaining facilities at all of our schools.

By the way, asking for pie in the sky is the usual way of referendums. They first propose what they know will be not accepted. After they are shot down a number of times and they wear down the public's resolve, eventually a referendum will pass. I think it took 4 referendums* before the public approved the 2 new elementary schools, which by the way are larger than what we needed. *Correction: It took 4 referendums in the early 1990s before the public approved the Wisconsin Hills conversion back to a middle school and for the Swanson addition and remodel in 1996. The next referendum for the 2 new elementary schools passed on the first try 4 years later.

Government uses this same tactic to condition the public into accepting all sorts of ideas. Last summer "Healthy Wisconsin" was suggested. What was that, $15 billion dollars of additional taxation for Wisconsin taxpayers mandating that everyone sign on? It did not stand much of a chance of passing (although I don't even count on that anymore), but it still served a purpose. Healthy Wisconsin was the "outrageous" so that we would not react too much to the "ghastly" expansion of Badger Care. I am sure we have not heard the last of Healthy Wisconsin. It will be back.

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