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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Wausau Walgreens is latest case of dark store tax loophole, costing residents over $120,000...

City taxpayers will lose nearly $23,000 this year when the city refunds Walgreens for a portion of its taxes in the latest case of a "dark store" tax loophole in Wisconsin that left Wausau taxpayers on the hook for over $120,000 in the past five years.

Megan Stringer, Daily Herald Dark Store Loopholes
Posted on: January 26, 2020

Bill seeks to bar large retailers from using the ‘dark store loophole’ in property tax battles

Portland, Maine: The bill, expected to appear before the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, would require that retail sales facilities more than 20,000 square feet be valued based on current use, or, if vacant, according to their highest and best use...

Hannah LaClaire, Times Herald Dark Store Loopholes
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Local officials seethe as Republicans block move on 'dark stores' loophole

Village of Somers President George Stoner said it’s just one excuse after another.

“They say it would be bad for business,” Stoner said. “It’s not bad for business. Businesses need to pay their fair share.”

By JEFFREY ZAMPANTI, Racine Journal Times Dark Store Loopholes

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Information and resources on the American Rescue Plan Act compiled by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

League Member Roundtable - Schedule

League Member Roundtables are every 2nd Tuesday of the Month from 12:00 to 1:00p.m.  

 

If there is an urgent need to schedule a roundtable outside of the regular schedule, the additional roundtables will be noticed in our e-newsletters an...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Resources for Municipalities

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Check out the League’s COVID-19 page for information that will help you navigate the pandemic.  

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

City of Fountain City

Fountain City

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    Over the years, reduced our police department from one full time officer and multiple part-time officers, to just two part-time officers which combined only work about...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Sharon

Sharon

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    This past year, we were not able to fill a full time police officer position because of financial reasons. Additionally we haven't been able to replace equipment in ou...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

City of Waupaca

Waupaca

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    We have not cut any services at this time. 

How does the levy limit impact your community's budgeting practices and finances, eg, your amount of borrowing?&...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

City of Kewaunee

Kewaunee

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    A new report issued by the Public Policy Forum clearly shows that Wisconsin is more dependent upon property taxes than any other Midwestern states. In my opinion, this fact put...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

City of Washburn

Washburn

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    Limitations on staff - FTE's have been decreasing over the years. Strain on capital equipment purchases that do not have a long life that we do not want to borrow for ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Rosholt

Rosholt

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    We haven't been able to consider hiring a building/inspector/zoning administrator. 1/2 as much being appropriated towards future street projects.

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Merton

Merton

How does the levy limit impact your community's budgeting practices and finances, eg, your amount of borrowing?     We are not going to be able to keep up with road repairs in the future. Road construction costs and going up and the new ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Monticello

Monticello

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    Had a successful levy increase with passing of referendum - $218,000/year for next five years. (Above budget number includes this increase.) Only way to keep employees...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Oostburg

Oostburg

2018 Net New Construction - 5.12%

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

City of Algoma

Algoma

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?    It restricts the amount of sidewalks we can repair/replace and as the fixed costs increase (utilities such as heat, electric, water, sewer, etc.) and our revenues have...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Village of Valders

Valders

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?   We have managed to not have to much impact on our services. But everything else gets cut. Equipment replacement pushed out 5 to 7 years more, which results in higher equipment m...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Land Use Decisions and the Rule Of Law

Powers of Municipalities 941, April 2021 by Matthew Dregne, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Discretionary Immunity in Slip and Fall Case

Liability 439, February 2021 by Attorneys Ted Waskowski and Kyle W. Engelke, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Qualified Immunity Acknowledges Legal Realities

Liability 438, January 2021 by Kail Decker, City Attorney and Patrick Mitchell, Chief of Police, City of West Allis

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Enforcing Seasonal Weight Limitation Ordinances

Traffic Regulation 432, December 2020 by Attorneys E. Joseph Kershek and Kimberly Kershek

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

“This Is Not My Beautiful House…” (Strategies for Dealing with Dilapidated Properties)

Nuisances 161, December 2020 by Attorney Nathan Bayer, Crivello Carlson s.c.

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Garbage Collection and Recycling FAQs

Sanitation 30, December 2020 by Curt Witynski, Deputy Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Apartment Inspection and Landlord Registration Programs

Powers of Municipalities 940, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

After State Interference, Financial Incentives Encourage Employee Residency

Employees 367, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Funding Streets Through Transportation Utility Fees

Powers of Municipalities 939, September 2020 by Curt Witynski, J.D., Deputy Executive Director, Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, Maria Davis, Assistant Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Oversight of Municipal Police Departments in Wisconsin

Police 314, August 2020 by Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Short-Term Rentals

Licensing and Regulation 403

R. D. Bitar, Muni Law & Litigation Group, Apr 2020 Legal Articles
Posted on: September 23, 2019

ABCs on CBD

Licensing & Regulation 401

Barry Blonien, Attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP Legal Articles
Posted on: June 12, 2019

Summertime and (Pre-Mosquitos) the Living Is Easy

Employees 272R3, Licensing & Regulation 400, Miscellaneous 21

Claire Silverman, The Municipality, May 2019 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Court Declines Invitation to Revamp Governmental Immunity

Courts 369, Liability 435

Courts 369 Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to adopt interpretation of governmental immunity statute that would reverse longstanding precedent and expand municipal liability under sec. 893.80(4) explaining that to do so would create problems for governmen...

Claire Silverman, The Municipality, March 2019

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Posted on: March 26, 2019

Panhandling Ordinances after Reed and Norton

Licensing/Regulation 399, Ordinances/Resolutions 511: Legal comment discussing the constitutionality of panhandling ordinances in the wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015) and Norton v. City of Springfield, 806 F.3d 411 (7th Cir. 2015).

Maria Davis, The Municipality, March 2019 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Nuisance Concerts Separate Events

Liability 434, Nuisances 160: Concerts constituting a nuisance are considered separate events for purposes of the 120-day notice timeline in Wisconsin Statute § 893.80(1d). Yacht Club at Sister Bay Condo Assn., Inc. v. Village of Sister Bay, 2019 WI 4.

Maria Davis, The Municipality, March 2019 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Wisconsin Cities Have Class!

Municipal Corporations 59: Provides overview of Wis. Stat. sec. 62.05 which classifies cities as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class cities based on population as well as procedure for altering classification and some differences between the different classes.

Claire Silverman, The Municipality, March, 2019 Legal Articles

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Levies, assessments and equalized value: Unraveling the property tax knot in Wisconsin

What is equalized value, and why does it matter?

In the confounding system of property taxes, lower tax rates don’t always translate to lower bills.

If we paid taxes only to our city or town government — or some unified body — ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Municipal Water Coalition announce PFAS initiative

The coalition stated wastewater treatment facilities are not “producers” or “users” of PFAS chemicals.... The release stated POTWs are “receivers” of these chemicals used by manufacturers and consumers, and merely convey or manage the traces of PFAS....

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Whitewater Common Council again elects Singer as president

...all of the state legislators representing the City of Whitewater, Governor Tony Evers and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

In summary, the council approved resolutions in support for shared revenue funding increases, increases in levy limit flexi...

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

School, city elected officials mostly from East Side

"That's the beauty of local control," Witynski [Deputy Executive Director, the League] said. "Communities can design their forms of government and how they elect people and what they think is best for their community."

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Manitowoc Art Forward: Museums making a difference throughout Wisconsin

The event, organized by Arts Wisconsin, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Wisconsin Federation of Museums, will be celebrating the contributions museums make to our state.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Village Board denies Walgreen’s excessive assessment claim

According to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, attorneys for big box stores use the dark store loophole to argue that the value of a new store in a busy commercial district should be based on the value of former retail properties in unpopular areas ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

No liquor license issued for Fox Lake Dollar General store

The Fox Lake City Council decided the city has enough liquor stores when it rejected an application from the new Dollar General store to sell booze beyond the beer it has already been approved for.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

City of Clintonville offers full-time employees paid parental leave

A new policy in the updated personnel manual approved by Clintonville City Council at its March meeting puts the focus on growing families.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Civics Is Name Of The Game In New Wisconsin Competition

Former Madison Councilwoman Concerned About Participation In Government Created Wisconsin Civics Games

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Local officials say county pressuring communities to take on roads — and their cost

“Brown, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties do not require jurisdictional transfers,” said Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, which lobbies on behalf of the state’s cities and villages.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

High court upholds big property tax break for Lake Country home owner

Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said after the Court of Appeals ruling that the group warned about just such consequences when the Legislature first considered the ag classification about 12 years ago.  

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