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When the Village Board approved the referendum question, they made assumptions based on the very best information available. One assumption related to the cost of interest in order to borrow project capital funds. We were able to estimate that if the Village moves forward with the project, the approximate impact on property taxes due to construction and operating costs is an increase of $44 per $100,000 in assessed property value. The $44 estimate included those initial interest cost assumptions.
However, recognizing that interest rates are increasing, the Village asked our professional financial advisors to reconsider the interest rate assumption and the property tax impact estimate. Their revised estimate is that the impact on property taxes is an estimated increase of $53.75 per $100,000 in assessed property value. For example, if your property is worth $350,000, the estimated property tax increase would be $188.13 ($53.75 x 3.5).
According to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau: “In an advisory referendum, a legislative body places a proposed measure on the ballot to gauge the opinion of the electorate. The results of an advisory referendum are not binding, and governing bodies are not required to act in accordance with the majority opinion.”
Once the results of the referendum have been tabulated, the next steps for this project will be determined by the Village Board. But, to be clear, the Board is not limited by the referendum results. A good way to look at an “advisory referendum” is that it allows the Board to best understand the opinion of the public on a matter. That’s why high voter turnout is important. The higher the voter turnout, the more accurate the results are in reflecting true public opinion. Typically, November general elections in our community yield 80% - 90% voter turnout.
If desired, the Village Board also has the ability to go back to the voters again with another “advisory referendum” when a site, final design, and firm budget are determined.
The estimated cost to construct an outdoor aquatic facility is $9.4 million. The Village will need to borrow funds to cover this expense, with payments being made over 20 years. Interest costs associated with borrowing would be in addition to the $9.4 million construction cost estimate.
The estimated cost to operate an outdoor aquatic facility is approximately $428,000 per year. Of this, approximately $378,000 in revenues would be generated from admissions, instruction, rental and concessions. This leaves approximately $50,000 per year to be covered by tax dollars.
"Operating costs" includes labor, utilities, programming, and other direct expenses such as supplies and maintenance. Principal and interest costs are not considered "operating costs," but are factored in as a part of the total estimated financial impact.
The approximate impact on taxes, including both construction and operating costs, is an increase of $53.75 per $100,000 in assessed property value (Updated 10/25/22). So, for a home in Waunakee valued at $350,000, the annual tax impact is estimated to be $188.13.
Yes. The estimate of $53.75 per $100,000 of assessed property value (Updated 10/25/22) includes all of the associated costs. These include the principal and interest on the debt and the net operational costs of the facility (estimated expenditures less the estimated revenues).
The exact programming mix for an aquatics facility has not yet been determined, but the facility as proposed would include spaces for a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, recreational swimming, swimming lessons, adult lap swim, water exercise, special events, competitive swimming, fitness and rehabilitation.
The stand-alone lap pool and surrounding deck space as shown in the facility study would provide ample space for a summer dual swim meet. The lanes would be outfitted with starting blocks, backstroke flags and access to electricity for time keeping and scoring. Temporary seating for spectators would need to be arranged.
The site for this facility has not yet been determined, but it is the intention of the Board that it will be one which is already owned by the Village, in an effort to limit land acquisition costs associated with the project.
While a centrally located site would be ideal, there are no undeveloped parcels available that meet this criteria. The most likely opportunity will be a future development area where a certain area of parkland has to be dedicated to the Village for public use. Parkland dedication is something that is already required by Village ordinance.
Village staff have reviewed the entire Village and our growth areas to determine potential sites. You can click here for a detailed map showing site possibilities.
The facility as proposed will include two separate pools (technically called “vessels”) - both heated, but controlled separately. Traditionally the lap pool would be kept at a cooler temperature, with the recreation pool warmer to accommodate the youngest swimmers and adults using the space for exercise and rehabilitation purposes.
Yes. To make the best use of this seasonal facility during the warm weather months the facility would include lights to allow for programming into the evening hours.
Yes. An operations pro forma was established as a part of the Aquatic Center Feasibility Study. This study estimated cost recovery rate for year one of 88% for the outdoor aquatic facility. The exact fee structure will be prepared and approved at a later date by the Village Board. As with all recreation programming offered by the Village, financial assistance will be available for families in need to make sure the facility is accessible to all.
Yes. As with all recreation programming offered by the Village, this facility will be available for use regardless of the residency of the participant. Admission and/or registration fees will reflect a higher non-resident rate.
The picture provided in the most recent marketing materials represents the general scope of the proposed facility (general amenities, size, cost, support facilities). It is not, however, the final design. Once the Village Board gives the go-ahead for this project, design engineers will be hired to finalize the plans.
Once the general project is approved to move forward by the Village Board, there is room for conversation with user groups who might want to be financial supporters for modifications to the proposed facility.
A competitive request for proposal process will be utilized to select a firm to complete the final design of the facility, the construction plans, and bidding documents.
At this point in time, private fundraising has not been a focus of the project. The Village Board is asking the community for their opinion about building and operating the facility through property tax support. However, citizens interested in supporting the project financially should contact Village staff to discuss further.
This referendum only asks the question about an outdoor facility. As the project moves forward and site selection becomes the focus, choosing a site where a future phase might be possible would be a consideration.
After the November referendum, the Village Board will be tasked with using what they heard from voters to help in making a decision about what to do next.
If the Board decides to proceed with next steps in constructing an outdoor aquatics facility, they would first need to select a design / engineering firm. Once hired, a project of this scale could have a design phase that lasts 6 to 9 months. This would result in bidding for the project in the late fall/winter of 2023 with construction during the summer of 2024.
A key factor is the steps necessary to finalize the facility location. The ability and timing to secure a location will certainly have an impact on project timing.
The Village’s professional aquatics consultants gave careful consideration to other aquatics offerings and facilities in the community and surrounding area. The Village’s proposed facility is intended to be a complimentary addition to local aquatics offerings, and may provide an opportunity for partnerships that we are not able to offer today.
The Village’s priority is to fully INFORM and EDUCATE voters as best we can. Our goal is to help voters understand the purpose of the referendum and what a “yes” or “no” vote will mean. As far as advocating a position of support or opposition, that would need to come from a “grass-roots” level.
The Village is very open to partnership opportunities and initiated a few conversations with other organizations. However, at this point no formal partnerships have been established. We remain open to exploring partnerships further.
We are aware of the challenges that similar aquatics facilities are facing when it comes to hiring qualified staff (not unlike current workforce challenges faced by many in almost every industry and sector). A focus on staffing plans will be an early consideration should a project move forward.
www.waunakee.com/aquatics - and questions can be directed to Village Deputy Administrator / Communications Manager Jared Heyn at (608)849-3015 or email@example.com.
The village publishes 3 newsletters a year and in each of those newsletters is our program guide. They come out the first week of April, August and December.
Note: Military electors who are on active duty away from their primary residence (active-away) are subject to special procedures, including later absentee ballot request deadlines and voted ballot receipt deadlines.
Note: If an individual is temporarily overseas on election day, that individual may register and vote like any other elector and is not considered an overseas elector.
In either case, the ballot is mailed, faxed, or emailed per the voter’s request. If the voter does not specify the means of transmission, the clerk may send the ballot via whatever means are practical to expedite receipt of the ballot by the voter.
Local election officials are encouraged to make use of the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) for overseas faxes to reduce costs. ETS will also forward emails to military and overseas citizens. Please view the ETS manual for details.
If the request is by fax or email, an original absentee application bearing the voter’s signature must be received by local election officials no later than the deadline to receive the ballot from the elector. The original absentee application is typically included in the carrier envelope containing the voted ballot, which is placed inside its own security envelope.
Military or overseas voters who do not receive their ballots in time may use the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, which is available online and at U.S. embassies. Please consult the directory of U.S. Embassies websites for embassy locations and information.
If you missed your Initial Court Appearance, you were mailed a default letter with a future court date to appear for a Good Cause Hearing, you need to appear at that date to ask for an extension.
Please call the Waunakee Municipal Court at (608) 849-4573 and speak with the court clerk and she will discuss a one-time only extension with you. Length of time for your extension will be determined after your discussion.
Please call HE Stark Collection Agency at (608) 274-7764 and they will be able to help you.
You will need to pay your forfeiture in full and the court clerk will lift the 1-year driver's license suspension. This will take 24-48 hours once payment is received for the Department of Motor Vehicles to lift the suspension off your record. At that time you can go and reinstate your driver's license with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Please note this must be done and there are fees for this as well. Your driver's license will not be valid with the Department of Motor Vehicles until you reinstate with them.
Request to receive the Police Department newsletter can be found by clicking here.
Monday-Friday 7am-5pm (exception holidays and office staff vacation) the police department’s lobby is open. If the lobby is locked, there is a phone that will ring into the police department, and an officer will come out to assist you.
Information about how to obtain various types of restraining orders in Dane County can be found at:
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Parking Tickets are paid via mail or in person atWaunakee Police Department205 North Klein DriveWaunakee, WI. 53597Non-Emergency Number 608-849-4523
You may request to have Waunakee Police Officers periodically check the exterior, perimeter of your property while you are on vacation by completing a Vacation Watch request form. Officers will take a walk around the house at various times during their shift looking for open doors, windows or other suspicious circumstances. You will be asked to provide a contact number in case an officer needs to reach you. Vacation watches do not take the place of basic home security or an alarm system. Forms are available at the Waunakee Police Department or online.
There are organizations such as charitable, non-profit organizations that may be exempt from having to obtain a permit. As a general rule, if you are being asked to make a charitable contribution ask for some proof of credentials, literature and the organizations mission etc. You should consider making your contribution by mailing a check to the organization’s main office. Persistent and aggressive attempts to solicit cash donations should be viewed with reasonable skepticism. In any case if you have questions or concerns regarding people going door to door, please contact the Waunakee Police Department.
The Waunakee Police Department has a med-drop box located in their lobby. We encourage people to bring their unwanted/unused medications to the police department and drop them in the med-drop box during normal business hours M-F 7am-6pm. Information about how to dispose of medication using the med-drop box can be found here. The police department participates in a state-wide drug round up twice per year and the medications are safely and securely transported to an incinerator.
No. The Village of Waunakee has contracted with Associated Appraisal Consultants Inc.to assess real and personal property for all taxable properties within the village.
Waunakee Senior Center volunteers are registered through Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County. Becoming an RSVP volunteer is a simple and easy process. To learn more about available volunteer opportunities or to apply to become a volunteer, please call (608) 849-8385 and ask to speak with our volunteer coordinator.
The Waunakee Senior Center is a Dane County nutrition site. Meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM at the Senior Center, and meals on wheels are delivered Monday through Friday.
Qualified seniors 60 years of age or older may be eligible to receive a home delivered meal. The suggested donation for a meal is $4.50. Please make a donation at the level you can afford.
A reservation must be made by 1:00 PM the day before to eat at the meal site or to receive meals on wheels (Monday meals must be ordered by 1:00 PM on the Friday before). Cancellations should also be made the day before by 1:00 PM. Transportation to and from the Senior Center to attend meals is available.
Portions are ample and you are free to take home any of your meal that you do not eat, but you must provide your own containers. Call (608) 849-8385 to make a reservation and for more information.
Waunakee Senior Center has two case managers available to help you with your needs. If you would like to speak to a case manager, please contact us at (608) 849-8385 and request an appointment with the case manager assigned to your service area.
If you would like to see what the Waunakee Senior Center has to offer, please take a look at our monthly Silver Notes newsletter. For more information, please contact us at (608) 849-8385.
Burning permits can be obtained Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM by calling (608) 849-5488, emailing the Fire Inspector, completing this online form, or stopping by the Fire Department at: 401 W. Second St. Waunakee, WI 53597
Please note that you must receive a response and okay in order to burn. For more information, please view the burn permits webpage.
In addition, the department encourages firefighters to continue in other advanced emergency / fire state certified courses and these are also paid for by the department. We have training on just about every Monday night of the year.
For more information regarding volunteering as a firefighter, please contact the WFD by calling (608) 849-5488. Even if we are not hiring, we hold applications for future consideration.
Please view the donations webpage for more information.
WFD staff responds from home, work or from out-and-about. We all carry special emergency pagers which are a direct line of communication with Dane County Public Safety - 911 Dispatch. When you call 911 for an emergency, we are often paged before you are off the phone with the operator. We are fortunate that many of our staff live very close to the fire station and are able to respond to the station within 1-2 minutes. This allows WFD to have a fire truck out the door, on the way, within 4 minutes. To put that in perspective, City of Madison Fire Department, who is paid full-time and does staff 24-7, typically takes 2 minutes to respond out the door.