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Eau Claire residents give property tax savings back to school district

Posted: 4/1/2014 2:08:27 PM

Thanks to a movement spearheaded by several concerned Eau Claire residents - including WEAC Retired members Chris Hambuch-Boyle, Gail Halmstad and Pamela Wall - citizens are making commitments to invest $13 each into student achievement in the Eau Claire Area School District.

The $13 is the projected average property tax savings resulting from a measure passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in 2013. The measure designated $100 million in school aid but public schools were unable to use this money for increased costs. Instead, school property taxes were cut by $100 million which was approximately $13 per homeowner statewide. 

Organizers of Project $13 are urging citizens to "take this 'pocket change' and join others in the community to apply it for 'real change' in public education, sending the message that communities should be investing this money in children." They said:

We believe the $13 should go to our public schools so we are giving it back to the Eau Claire Area School District because:

  • 11,100 children depend on Eau Claire public schools to prepare them for the future. 
  • Public education is fundamental to USA’s economic future and national security.
  • Public education support has diminished and we need to reverse this trend!

They are urging citizens to choose from these three options and to email their choice to

  1. I will give my check at the April 14th School Board meeting (7:00 p.m.) with other Project $13 supporters 
  2. I will mail my check by April 9 to: Project $13, c/o Pamela Wall, 2538 Damon Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701  
  3. I prefer to NOT have my name made public, but I am sending my check to: Project $13, c/o Pamela Wall, 2538 Damon Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701 as an anonymous donor.

Organizers are encouraging other communities throughout the state to develop similar campaigns as well.

Project $13 is sponsored by a growing number of Eau Claire area citizens supporting public schools and is coordinated by Pamela Wall, Carol Craig, Bonnie Fisher, Dave Morley, Chris Hambuch-Boyle, and Gail Halmstad.

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