Posted on: November 13, 2017

Noise survey circulated to Beaver Dam police, taverns and council members

City Attorney Maryann Schacht is looking for input from the police department, city council members and city taverns about possible changes to city noise regulations.
Schacht said a survey sent to tavern owners and city officials . . .

Ben Rueter for Daily Citizen November 11, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: October 31, 2017

Wisconsin Senate To Vote On Bill To Remove Lead Water Pipes

The Wisconsin state Senate will vote Tuesday on a plan that could help remove lead water pipes running underground in communities throughout Wisconsin.
There are at least 176,000 lead service lines that connect public water mains to Wisconsin homes. . .

Shawn Johnson for WPR News LWM in the News
Posted on: October 30, 2017

Council to examine duties of mayor

With a mayoral election in the offing, the Rhinelander City Council took some time this week to discuss how the position has changed since the city administrator position was added to the government's structure.

Jamie Taylor, River News Reporter LWM in the News
Posted on: October 30, 2017

Appleton named 48th best city to live in

The league of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference is in Appleton this week. A league made up of 601 cities and villages. "We often look to Appleton as an example of good strategic planning,” Gail Sumi, League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

ABC 2 WBAY.com LWM in the News
Posted on: September 25, 2017

NW Passage's Elliott to receive arts award

Northwest Passage and its Director Mark Elliot will be honored as a recipient of the “Arts In The Community Award” Oct. 19 in Appleton. Elliott has led Northwest Passage since 2000. The residential facility on Old Hwy. 35 between Siren and Webster . . .

Sept 22 Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker vetoes quarry regulation restriction, says policy deserves full debate

Gov. Scott Walker has vetoed a last-minute provision in the state budget that would have stripped local governments of the right to regulate quarries.
Walker is scheduled to sign the $76 billion two-year spending package Thursday . . . .

Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: August 29, 2017

Baraboo joins tax fight against retailers

Baraboo is joining communities statewide in asking the state Legislature to close a tax loophole exploited by big-box retailers. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution asking for legislation to eliminate the “dark stores”

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Municipalities, Roads Feeling Effects of Budget Squeeze

Sturgeon Bay’s streets have deteriorated so badly that the city has convened a special committee to investigate funding solutions to improve them, but streets will get worse before they get better.

Myles Dannhausen, Jr. Door County Pulse LWM in the News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Local Governments Could Have Less Discretion When Issuing Some Permits

Local governments would have less discretion to deny permits for things like frac sand mines under legislation being marketed as a "homeowner bill of rights."

Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: July 31, 2017

Bartender License Application Revised

The city is implementing a new application process that officials say provides ways to make more accurate final decisions to approve or deny a bartender's license.

Beloit Daily News, July 27, 2017 ... LWM in the News
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Arts award nominees sought

Arts Wisconsin is seeking nominations for the 2017 Arts in the Community Awards presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The awards honor communities and civic leaders around the state for championing the arts . . .

The Country Today July 24, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Wisconsin GOP moves to relax property regulations

Two Republican legislators introduced bills Thursday that would make it easier for people to sell and develop their land and for sand mine companies to win local permits. Local government groups blasted the bill as an attack . . .

Todd Richmond Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

Will Court Ruling Help Rich Homeowners?

Homes make up 72 percent of all real property in Wisconsin. Homeowners will pay more than two-thirds of the $9.6 billion in net property taxes that state and local governments will collect this year. The state Constitution requires a “uniform” tax system.

Steven Walters for Urban Milwaukee July 17, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Sun Prairie's Astrella featured on League TV show

The June guest on the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' “The Local Perspective” is President of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer for the village of Summit and Sun Prairie resident Chris Astrella.

Chris Mertes, The Star LWM in the News
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Ephraim Trustees Embattled Over Sidewalks, Pedestrian Safety

Tensions are rising between Ephraim village trustees as the deadline for the village to submit changes to the upcoming highway resurface plan looms. Trustees clashed over the cost, moral responsibility and legal liability of constructing sidewalks . . .

Jackson Parr Peninsula Plus June 30, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Open Meetings Advocates

The Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with open meetings advocates Thursday in a case involving the Appleton Area School District. . .

Laurel White Wisconsin Public Radio June 29, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: June 28, 2017

How Big Box Stores Shift Their Property Taxes Onto Homeowners

Something called the “Dark Store Loophole” lets companies like Wal-Mart shift their property taxes to homeowners and small merchants.
This obscure [property tax dodge, which has been going on for more than two decades, has pitted Big Box retailers . . .

Al Norman HUFFPOST June 27, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 16, 2017

Alderman Johnson Represents Milwaukee at Local Government Day

Cavalier Johnson, Alderman of the 2nd District, joined local government officials and staff from across the state for the First Annual Local Government and Utility Day on May 10 in Madison. City and village officials, as well as municipal . . .

Milwaukee Independent May 15, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Wisconsin business lobby fights funding plan to remove lead from drinking water

April 19, 2017 Wisconsin’s business lobby spoke out publicly Tuesday against a bipartisan legislative proposal to replace thousands of underground pipes that leach toxic lead into drinking water.

Steven Verburg Wisconsin State Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: April 17, 2017

Groups soliciting nominations

April 14, 2017 The Wisconsin Economic Development Association along with award partners--the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are soliciting nominations . . . .

Jennifer McBride La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Transportation Shakeup Leaves Local Governments Wondering What's Next

April 10, 2017 The decision by state lawmakers to set aside Gov. Scott Walker's transportation budget has left county, city and town government leaders wondering what's next, especially since they would have been among the biggest winners . . . .

Shawn Johnson for WPR News LWM in the News
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Health Alliance Brings Together Statewide Partners

Across Wisconsin, opportunities to live a long, healthy life are not shared equally by all. Many of Wisconsin’s health outcomes lag behind national averages, and the state is home to some of the most extreme health disparities in the nation.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health LWM in the News
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers

Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the "social host" loophole . . . .

CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: March 30, 2017

WHEDA and League of Wisconsin Municipalities launch new partnership

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities (the League) are joining together in a new partnership designed to help municipalities learn more about and gain access to WHEDA financing tools.

WHEDA LWM in the News
Posted on: March 24, 2017

States Challenge Retailers on Dark Store Loophole for Tax Assessments

When it comes to negotiating fair property values, commercial real estate professionals and state officials have generally managed the process by knowing when to compromise and when to push back forcefully. . . .

Donna Mitchell for National Real Estate Investor LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

February 13, 2017 - With a resolution recently adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, the city joins municipalities across the state, and nation, in a fight against a legal loophole allowing large corporations to massively reduce their property taxes.

Graham Kilmer--Urban Milwaukee LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

WNA testifies against Assembly Bill 70

MADISON — Representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association on Wednesday testified before the state Assembly Committee on Local Government to oppose a bill that would do-away with the newspaper publication of local government meeting minutes.

March 9, 2017 - Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

January 24, 2017 - To Menard Inc., the store it opened in the Village of Howard in 2012 is worth $5.8 million — roughly the amount the Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer believes it would fetch if it were closed and sold off as an empty shell. . .

Rick Romell for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Dark Store Theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

Local municipalities are losing millions each year, and thousands of dollars are being spent on legal fees. It's an issue that's been steadily creeping into Wisconsin -- big box stores appealing their assessed values to pay lower property taxes.

Brittany Shannon, Fox 6 News LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers file successful legal challenges to tax assessment

Some big-box retailers in Wisconsin have successfully challenged their tax assessments by claiming they should pay the same rate as a store that's closed and remains vacant.

The Star (Sun Prairie) LWM in the News
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Climate Corner: Wisconsin’s Most Innovative Counties and Municipalities Join Together

November 22, 2016 A diverse group of Wisconsin cities, villages and counties have joined with the Department of Natural Resources and several nonprofit organizations to help each other advance sustainability goals.

Curt Witynski for Door County Pulse LWM in the News