The Municipality Magazine
The League's The Municipality magazine is published monthly and circulates to almost 10,000 local elected officials, staff and partners in Wisconsin. We focus on issues that are of interest to Wisconsin's cities and villages and will help to move Wisconsin forward.
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Technology is all around us. Municipalities have to stay vigilant and educated to information technology and cybersecurity. From broadband to paying bills online, technology is an important part of our daily duties and we hope this issue brings you some new resources and ideas. From our team to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season!
This month’s issue of The Municipality examines transportation from a variety of perspectives, from buses to e-bikes to snowmobiles to ATVs. It also looks at safety, innovation, improvements and regulations. Hopefully this issue will help discover new ways to "get around" the communities of Wisconsin.
The League is proud to celebrate 125 years serving local government in Wisconsin. In this issue, we look back at the creation of the League and how far we have come, this year's annual conference celebration along with the future of the League.
Innovation comes from people. Collaboration is between people. When people come together to brainstorm, plan and execute, things get done. This issue, we celebrate the amazing ideas and projects that start with the people who work for and in our state. Let's celebrate the ideas that come alive because of the people who put their hearts into them!
You are your community's best advocate! The system for funding local government in Wisconsin is broken and this is your time to share the need to fund critical local services differently and reset the partnership with the state.
It is snow season and with it, snowplowing season in Wisconsin. Elizabeth Yanke dubs it snowfighting in her article and sometimes it definitely feels like that. Toni takes on the good fight in her article on advocacy and we also highlight broadband and tools for resilient communities.
We are grateful for you and your work to keep your community thriving. The League is especially thankful and excited to welcome Zach Vruwink to the staff as the New Deputy Director. Read the article and note that his responsibilities are significantly different from those of Curt Witynski, his predecessor with the same title. Speaking of Curt, we say farewell to Curt and Gail Sum, the League's Communications Director. We also celebrate the recipients of the Wisconsin Policy Forum's Salute to Local Government Awards.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our 124th Annual Conference October 19-21 in La Crosse. But we are also turning our focus to the upcoming legislative session and have launched the "Critical Local Funding" campaign. We need your help. Please tell your community's story. What challenges do you face funding priorities like police, fire and EMS? Learn more on our website here.
The United States is a representative democracy at the Federal, State and Local level of government. This means that our government is elected by citizens. Here, citizens vote for their government officials. These officials represent the citizens' ideas and concerns in government. Voting is one way to participate in our democracy.
Funding for police, fire, EMS and other local government services needs reform. Local government is too dependent on property taxes to the detriment of homeowners and small businesses. The system is broken.
The Municipal Budget season starts in earnest at the end of the summer, so in preparation, The Municipality provides resources to help you budget. From an article on the impact of inflation on municipal budgets, to the budget cycle and comprehensive plan tips, this issue is your go to resource for all things budgeting and finance.