The Village of Sauk Prairie could soon have a new Verizon cell tower on school property. The tower has already received approval by the Sauk Prairie Board of Education; however, many residents are unhappy about the tower being located on school grounds. According to the School Superintendent, “The next step is to allow for the local government to make a decision on the future status of the project. The Sauk Prairie School District will continue to lean and act with sensitivity, knowledge, and respect towards the comments and opinions regarding the Verizon cell tower project.”
If the project is approved, the district would receive $15,000 a year as rent from the telecom tenant. But what is the true value of this site to Verizon? Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of property owners, including schools, who are being paid below-market value for the use of their property. The primary reason for this is the lack of information and representation provided for these entities. Ample information and representation from a true landowner advocate are key factors these industries need in order to optimize the use of their properties. Vertical Consultants has made its mission to provide our clients the data they need. While telecom companies have professionals on their side who know the true value of every tower site they control, property owners should have advocates working for them determining options to optimize their telecom assets.