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Jerry Deschane, the League's Executive Director sat down with WKOW-ABC 27 Capitol Bureau Chief Emilee Fannon for a Capital City Sunday interview on transportation aids.
"Cities and villages statewide are grateful that the one budget issue upon which both the Legislature and the governor agreed was the need to further boost transportation aids for local governments,” League ... Assistant Director Curt Witynski said.
... Wisconsin Rural Partners, in cooperation with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, USDA, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is hosting four Small Community Forums across the state.
As explained by the League ...: “a municipality is allowed to increase its levy over the amount it levied in the prior year by the percentage increase in equalized value from net new construction. ...
A January 2018 League ... feature on the extension found six communities — Milwaukee, Madison, Fitchburg, Appleton, Monona and La Crosse — out of 600 cities and villages in the state, have used TIF to fund affordable housing efforts.
Jerry Deschane of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities says the new transportation spending plan should help road conditions all over the state.
Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, called the legislation a “classic interference with local decision making.”
“... utilize the drawing of cards or some other method of chance to resolve the … impasse for council president,” Prell concluded from his research, which was done in consultation with Wisconsin League of Municipalities legal counsel Claire Silverman.
The idea drew immediate criticism from Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, who said it would do nothing for cities and villages.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards each supported the petition.
The Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Associations and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities have registered their support for the plan.
Local government groups ... have been negotiating with Republicans in the state Legislature over road funding for weeks, according to League of Wisconsin Municipalities Deputy Director Curt Witynski.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is encouraging communities throughout the state to pass resolutions of support.
In addition to the academic partners, the competition is also supported by several groups, including the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, ...
...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.
“When it come to smart cities, you can define it pretty much any way you want to,” said Jerry Deschane, who is executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, ...
“Cities were the first statutory creation, ...,” said Jerry Deschane, the executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities said.
“All of the lobbyists and political observers in the Capitol are asking the same question and nobody knows how it will turn out,” ... Curt Witynski, Deputy Director:
Republican legislators began a push Tues. to streamline Wisconsin's water pollution credit-trading system, introducing a bill that would create a clearinghouse that they say would make it easier for large-scale facilities & farmers to trade...
Asked what Deschane had heard from municipal leaders about the issues, he said, “I think the word is ‘help’ with an exclamation point.”
With lack of funds in the transportation budget, the focus has been on state projects rather than local projects,..
Jenna Merten, Brookfield city attorney, said the change will protect the city from future lawsuits.
"If we didn't take this action, our ordinance would be unenforceable and sex offenders could live anywhere," Merten said.
BELOIT - Turner High School's civics team, proudly known as the Underdogs, are hoping to spank some of the competition from suburban schools they will compete against in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's first Wisconsin Civics Games, set for Feb. 2.
Sun Prairie starts 2019 recognized as a Wisconsin Active Together Community to promote active lifestyles and for a pledge to foster health too.
The newly named Wisconsin Active Together Communities, now reaching 1.4 million Wisconsinites . . . .
On Dec. 6, Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service Director Jessi Willenbring was working a 24-hour shift. Working extra or long hours have become frequent for Willenbring as the eight-municipality ambulance service has seen dwindling volunteers . . . .
Foxconn Technology Group has announced the selection of 88 first-round winners of the company’s Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition, an initiative that encourages the sharing of fresh ideas and unconventional thinking for the benefit of Wisconsin.
Longtime village trustee and Hartland public servant Dick Landwehr is not running for re-election after dedicating a lifetime of service to the village. Landwehr, 89, was first elected to the Hartland Village Board in 1962 and . . .
Partnerships between private entities and public institutions can foster developments that would otherwise never get off the ground. Take, for instance, the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire — a $60 million, 142,000-square-foot arts . . .
Lawmakers seeking to provide clarity to a longstanding debate over whether owners of barns rented for weddings must obtain liquor licenses won't try to settle the question with legislation.
Foxconn Technology Group received 325 submissions from students, faculty and staff from Wisconsin colleges and universities for the first round of its “Smart Cities-Smart Futures” competition, according to a company announcement.
Local officials in Wisconsin say a Federal Communications Commission order aimed at helping build the next generation of high-speed, wireless internet is a giveaway to telecommunication companies that strips government of local control.
MONROE — A well-known corporation has filed a lawsuit against the city to recover funds it claims the city took illegitimately through property taxes.
What’s known as the dark store loophole unfairly shifts the tax burden from big box stores to homeowners and small businesses La Crosse’s elected officials said Monday during a town hall event with the area’s state representatives.
As assistant counsel with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Daniel Olson spent his days providing guidance to local government attorneys. From his office in Madison, Olson took anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 phone calls each year . . . .
Development in Wisconsin’s 600 cities and villages hit $5.6 billion in 2016, marking the largest increase since the Great Recession, according to a recent report from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. But the benefits of economic development . . .
There are some truly amazing things going on in Wisconsin! There’s exciting growth in community engagement, reimagining of public spaces and our creative economy programs are stronger than ever. Wisconsin is poised to become a cultural magnet . . . .
The city of Sturgeon Bay and Wal-Mart will head to mediation this fall to discuss the store’s current property assessment. Last September, the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed a suit against the city in Door County Circuit Court . . . .
A June 27 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court helped bring Wisconsin police and firefighter unions closer to parity with the state’s other public-sector unions, but a major disparity remains—they still can collectively bargain.
“Your stories are so inspiring.” commented MaryAnn Lippert after listening to reports about arts activity from eight northwest Wisconsin communities. Lippert is the director for the northern region of the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
A state zoning law that some Town of Oconomowoc residents had hoped to use to block construction of a corporate headquarters adjacent to the Lac La Belle golf course has been repealed by the state Legislature. “That section was repealed by . . . .
Some want to grow Wisconsin’s economy by attracting companies that manufacture LCD panels or mine for frac sand, but a new report emphasizes the economic boost that comes from growing the “creative sector.” Arts Wisconsin--in partnership with the League
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities presented Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt with their Champion award at the Fond du Lac City Council this week. Thiesfeldt was recognized for his support of local municipal control on the state level . . .
While the arts are fun and creative, a state arts leader says the arts are also a growing component of an areas economy.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin are partnering to make this Creative Economy Week. . . .
Baraboo currently graces a magazine cover as the model of an arts-friendly community. The May issue of The Municipality, published by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, features a photo of the Baraboo High School band performing during the . . . .
Damage in delivery of essential services by local government due to federal and state erosion of local control was the topic of discussion for about 50 participants at the American Legion Taphouse 138 in Viroqua on Tuesday, April 24.
The “dark store” controversy now ranks with the failure to pay for long-term highway construction as the most difficult issues facing the governor and legislators seeking reelection in November.
State Rep. Jimmy Anderson and other Democratic legislators are assuring Dane County Board members and other local officials of their commitment to legislation that would close the “dark store loophole” used by big box retailers to lower their tax. . .
A bill co-authored by 25th Dist. State Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, would allow municipal officials to serve as election officials. The bill has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits Gov. Scott Walker’s signature.
Plant the right kinds of trees in your backyard and you could save oodles on your property tax bill, after the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in favor of a Town of Delafield resident.
At first glance, Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 770 (AB 770) looks to be a standard piece of Republican-sponsored legislation meant to clear away regulations on new housing projects. The legislation reads almost like a developer’s wish list.
Wal-mart is contesting the property assessment of its Minocqua store, contending the property is worth much less and thus it’s due a refund of thousands of dollars it paid in property taxes.
MENOMONIE — The City Council may take action Monday on a resolution that would ask the state Legislature to act on ending “dark store” strategies in the city and state.
As defined by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, “dark store theory” is . . . .