Mosinee School District, located in Central Wisconsin, is home to three main schools, Mosinee Elementary, Middle School and High School. The District is home to 2,000 students. Prior to 2016, the District recognized the need to upgrade and improve its electrical, lighting, air quality, heating, temperature control, air conditioning, and air handling systems. The District ran two unsuccessful bond elections in 2016 and 2017, which included the needed upgrades as well as major renovations, building additions and maintenance and system improvements.
Hands-On, Team-Based Approach
Ehlers builds strong, long-lasting client relationships – working directly and collaboratively with you – to help plan and complete projects that provide generational benefits for school district students, families and taxpayers. We:
- Assign multiple advisors to each relationship
- Deliver hands-on expertise, direct school district experience and full continuity of Ehlers’ team service
- Listen carefully to understand challenges & uncover opportunities
- Complete thorough analyses and help you choose the best approach
Debt Planning & Issuance
Our advisors have more than 125 years of combined school finance expertise, leveraging deep market knowledge, strong relationships with the rating agencies, and industry best practices to proactively guide clients on bond referendum planning and support, and debt issuance. We collaborate with district clients to help ensure the following factors are incorporated into every debt issue:
- Financing options & feasibility
- Current indebtedness & future capital plans
- Tax impact
- Refunding opportunities
Operating Referendum Planning & Support
When an anticipated budget shortfall has your district searching for solutions, look to Ehlers’ School Finance Team for operating referendum planning and support. We equip you with the following knowledge and data to help objectively educate your voters:
- Projected revenue per pupil
- Tax implications
- State aid & levy components
Capital Project Levy Assistance
With voter approval, school districts can establish a capital project account funded by an annual tax levy. Often referred to as a “technology levy,” capital project levies provide an annual stream of revenue to fund a long-term technology plan. Capital project levies can also fund deferred maintenance, building projects or any other expense permitted for operating capital funds. Ehlers’ services to support your district’s capital project levy include:
- Revenue projections
- Levy option analysis
- Review and comment process, if applicable
- Tax impacts
Enrollment Projections & Budget Modeling Tools
Ehlers’ financial modeling tools can provide you with well-informed data to help with annual budgets, facilities forecasting and referendum planning. Our enrollment projections and budget models are interactive, “living documents” that help you weigh many factors and “what-if” scenarios, such as:
- Enrollment determinations, including kindergarten and open enrollment projections
- Current and future facilities needs
- Anticipated state funding, existing operating levies, current and projected operating expenses
Benchmarking & Best Practices Reporting
Know exactly where you’re going by paying close attention to where you – and others – have been! Ehlers’ comparative analytics tools can help your district improve financial operations and efficiencies by:
- Generating multi-factor comparisons across all aspects of school operations
- Understanding how your district compares to neighboring or like-sized districts
- Providing unbiased decision-making data
Truth in Taxation Presentations & Support
Complying with Truth in Taxation hearing requirements is easier with the professional support of Ehlers’ School Finance Team. We will gather all the information needed to prepare and deliver a presentation that fulfills the State of Minnesota’s requirements.
he Lancaster, Minnesota, School District serves an area with a population of 852 people, with agricultural property making up approximately 80% of its tax base. When one of the School District's multiple Operating Referendums approached expiration in 2021, the District planned to renew the levy. Ehlers analyzed the District's current debt and the community's tax base and proposed a Capital Project Levy instead of renewing the existing Operating Referendum, which generated revenues only from residential and commercial properties.
Tracy Area Public Schools' voters approved both a School Building Bond and a Capital Project Levy in 2014. With those obligations soon set to expire and facilities in need of ongoing deferred maintenance and improvements, the District needed to determine how best to finance $26 million in improvements. Ehlers worked with the District to analyze options for financing its projects through a combination of Board-Approved Bonds and a $7.565-million Bond Referendum.
The St. Croix River Education District (SCRED), a six-member educational cooperative district, provides special education and alternative learning programs in east-central Minnesota. Three of its member districts, Pine City, Hinckley-Finlayson and East Central, have a long history of working together on the SCRED-operated "Vision" program, which serves students with emotional and behavioral disorders.