Madison College Facilities Bond Measure (November 2010)
This measure was approved
- YES 128,266 (63.26%)
- NO 74,493 (36.74%)
This measure asked voters to allow the Madison College (formerly known as Madison Area Technical College or MATC) to borrow $133.7 million in order to build new facilities and improve and renovate older buildings. The Madison College board voted to put this issue to a vote because they felt that the school needs upgrades in order to stay competitive and to offer the best education to their students. On average, $27 would be added a year to local property taxes since this measure was approved. The bond will be paid off over a period of 20 years and the last ten years of repayment would see a decrease in the taxes.
The main proposed project was building a new Health building and clinic for the college as well as expanding facilities to help with over crowding now. Upgrades to property and infrastructure will also occur at multiple campuses within the college system.
School officials noted that while the economy goes down, enrollment goes up because of their lower costs of education. The Portage portion of the school will see a new Student Achievement center being built on their campus.
- Watertown Daily Times, "Voters give MATC OK to build, update," November 3, 2010
- Wisconsin Business, "Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Business leaders urge support for MATC referendum," September 29, 2010
- Daily Union Online "MATC unveils Master Facilities Plan and sets Nov. 2 referendum," October 13 2010
- Dan County Clerk, Current Election Results
- Channel 3000, "MATC Board Putting Building Plan To Referendum," September 9, 2010
- The Badger Herald, "MATC development to raise city taxes," October 18, 2010
- Wisconsin State Journal, "What would be built with MATC referendum money?," October 20, 2010
- Portage Daily Register, "MATC referendum would mean money for Portage," October 31, 2010