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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.
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...
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.”
American Rescue Plan ActLocal Community Project (Earmarks) The American Jobs Plan Information on Federal Legislation is now available here.
What Cities (Villages) Need to Know as Congress Ramps Up Community Pri...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
2018 Net New Construction - 5.12%
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.
How does the levy limit impact ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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?&...
Powers of Municipalities 941, April 2021 by Matthew Dregne, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Liability 439, February 2021 by Attorneys Ted Waskowski and Kyle W. Engelke, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Liability 438, January 2021 by Kail Decker, City Attorney and Patrick Mitchell, Chief of Police, City of West Allis
Traffic Regulation 432, December 2020 by Attorneys E. Joseph Kershek and Kimberly Kershek
Nuisances 161, December 2020 by Attorney Nathan Bayer, Crivello Carlson s.c.
Sanitation 30, December 2020 by Curt Witynski, Deputy Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Powers of Municipalities 940, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Employees 367, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
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
Police 314, August 2020 by Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Licensing and Regulation 403
Public Utilities 356
Powers of Municipalities 937
Governing Bodies 410
Licensing & Regulation 402
Licensing & Regulation 401
Municipal Corporations 60
Public Utilities 355
Governing Bodies 409
Employees 272R3, Licensing & Regulation 400, Miscellaneous 21
Fidelity Bonds 33 R-2
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...
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).
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.
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.
Licensing & Regulation 398
Public Records 151
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 — ...
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....
...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...
"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."
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.
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 ...
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.
A new policy in the updated personnel manual approved by Clintonville City Council at its March meeting puts the focus on growing families.
Former Madison Councilwoman Concerned About Participation In Government Created Wisconsin Civics Games
“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.
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.