This site provides information for taxpayers of the School District of Rhinelander, regarding how the district’s proposed referendum may affect property taxes. The site was prepared in cooperation with Ehlers, the district’s independent municipal advisor. If you have questions about the information on this site, please contact Ehlers using the information provided below.

About the Referendum

The district will hold a spring election on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 seeking voter approval of one ballot question.

QUESTION 1 would authorize the District to issue an amount not to exceed $26,000,000 in bonds for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project consisting of: construction of additions and renovations at Rhinelander High School, including for technical education, classrooms and labs; construction of additions, renovations, safety, security and site improvements at James Williams Middle School, including for technical education and classrooms; district-wide capital maintenance, infrastructure improvements and accessibility updates; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

For more information on how these funds would be used, view the District’s website.

Impact on Property Taxes

Approval of the ballot question would result in a property tax increase beginning with taxes payable in 2025, and the debt service tax levies would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot questions on your 2025 taxes, follow the instructions below or view sample property types and values here.



Your 2025 taxes will be based on the 2024 total assessed value of your property. Since the 2024 assessments are not available at this time, you will use your 2023 property values to estimate the tax impact on your property. To estimate the tax impact, you can use the total estimated fair market value of your property from your State of Wisconsin Real Estate Property Tax Bill for 2023. You will find your fair market value listed as “Total Est. Fair Mkt.” on your tax bill (right insert). Please note we will not be using the “Total Assessed Value”, which is also included on your tax bill.


Real Estate and/or Commercial Property Value

If you own REAL ESTATE or COMMERCIAL property, enter the Estimated Fair Market Value below to see the estimated tax impact.

Enter only whole numbers to the nearest dollar
(no dollar signs, commas, or decimals).

All Property Tax Impact Calculations Are Estimates


Property tax impact calculations of the election are estimates for the initial year of this bond referendum only and do not include tax levies for other purposes.  The actual tax amount associated with the successful passage of this referendum will vary based on the following factors:

  • Actual assessed value of your property
  • Actual property valuation and tax rate within the resident municipality
  • Changes in assessed values of other property within the municipality