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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: September 23, 2019

Registration open for 2020 Wisconsin Civics Games; $2K scholarship up for grabs

In 2017, three in five Wisconsin municipalities reported an average of 1 or fewer candidates for each village board or city council seat, according to ... a report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Foxconn launches second year of "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" competition in Wisconsin

The competition also is supported by several groups, including the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the WiSys Technology Foundation, ..., Foxconn said.

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Property assessments up in Wisconsin but construction lags

"It’s great news. It’s a sign the state’s economy is doing well. But the problem is we have chained local governments to an anchor," said Jerry Deschane executive director for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Property Assessments Up In Wisconsin But Construction Lags

"It’s great news. It’s a sign the state’s economy is doing well. But the problem is we have chained local governments to an anchor," said Jerry Deschane executive director for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Capital City Sunday: Transportation Grants

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.

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Wisconsin local governments now have access to $75 million in new transportation grants

"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.

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Small town forum series may be the summer road trip Cambridge-Deerfield needs

... 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.

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

City water bills could increase again; hydrant fee proposed to shift

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. ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Green Bay looks to address affordable housing shortage ... by closing TIFs

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.

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Drivers will feel road improvements

Jerry Deschane of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities says the new transportation spending plan should help road conditions all over the state.

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Only voters could approve new wheel taxes under GOP bill

Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, called the legislation a “classic interference with local decision making.”

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Superior Council can select president by drawing cards

“... 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.

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Posted on: June 14, 2019

Only voters could approve new wheel taxes under GOP bill

Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, called the legislation a “classic interference with local decision making.”

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Wisconsin Republicans searching for deal on road funding

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.

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Wis. solar dispute goes to court after regulators punt

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards each supported the petition.

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Proposal Would Allow For Electronic Early Voting In Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Associations and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities have registered their support for the plan.

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Joint Finance Committee Transportation Budget Blocks Local Control Of Quarries

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.

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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Allouez board passes resolutions of support for state budget

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is encouraging communities throughout the state to pass resolutions of support.

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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Foxconn Announces Final Round Winners of "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" Competition

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, ...

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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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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Can We Build Smarter Cities?

“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, ...

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Posted on: March 12, 2019

What do cities and villages do?

“Cities were the first statutory creation, ...,” said Jerry Deschane, the executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities said.

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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Murphy’s Law: Who will win the budget battle?

“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:

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Posted on: February 28, 2019

GOP bill would create water pollution credit clearinghouse

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...

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

Task force seeks solutions to transportation gridlock

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,..

Roberta Baumann, Waunakee Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: January 30, 2019

Communities Continue To Rethink Sex Offender Residency Rules

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.

Corri Hess, Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: January 17, 2019

Turner civics students prepare to compete in statewide games

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.

Hillary Gavin, Beloit Daily News LWM in the News
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Sun Prairie named Wisconsin Active Together Community

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 . . . .

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Posted on: December 20, 2018

Future budgets loom for Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service

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 . . . .

David Clarey, River Towns Net LWM in the News
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Foxconn announces 1st-round winners in Smart Cities/Smart Futures Contest

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.

Michael Burke, The Journal Times LWM in the News
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Hartland Trustee Dick Landwehr, after serving for decades, decides he won't seek re-election

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 . . .

Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: December 10, 2018

Is 'Asset Recycling' A Fix for Wisconsin Infrastructure Needs?

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 . . .

Elizabeth Dohms, Wisconsin Public Radio News LWM in the News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Wisconsin lawmakers won't settle debate on liquor licenses for barn wedding venues

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.

Molly Beck Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Fox conn's 'smart cities' competition drew 325 submissions from Wisconsin colleges

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.

Kelly Meyerhofer for LaCrosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: October 2, 2018

FCC Order on 5G Wireless Network Construction Concerns Some Wisconsin Cities

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.

Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Walmart sues city over tax funds

MONROE — A well-known corporation has filed a lawsuit against the city to recover funds it claims the city took illegitimately through property taxes.

Bridget Cooke, Monroe Times LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

La Crosse area officials: Dark store loophole unfair to homeowners

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.

Jourdan Vian, La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: September 4, 2018

New Sauk County Attorney has been 'effective advocate' for local governments

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 . . . .

Tim Damos, Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: August 14, 2018

Development in cities, villages hit $5.6 billion in 2016, report shows

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 . . .

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Posted on: July 30, 2018

Dary: Investment in the arts boosts state's economy

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 . . . .

Beth Dary Special to The Kenosha News, 7/26/28 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 23, 2018

Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart gets reassessed in dark store case

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 . . . .

Tim Kowols, Door County News, July 20, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Our Views: Times to End Disparity in Act 10

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.

GazetteXtra July 9, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Regional Arts Activity Highlighted at Rural Arts Forum

“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.

Harriet Rice, Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

State law change affects Lac La Belle

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 . . . .

Kelly Smith--Special to the Freeman LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Report sketches positive portrait of Wisconsin's 'creative' industry

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

Lisa Neff, Wisconsin Gazette.com LWM in the News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Thiesfeldt Recognized by League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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 . . .

News-Talk KFIZ am 1450 June 28, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

A Growing Arts Economy Highlights Creative Economy Week

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. . . .

Ken Krall, WXPR Radio May 16, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Baraboo graces cover of statewide magazine

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 . . . .

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Loss of Local Control a Hot Topic at Meeting

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.

Gillian Pomplun, Crawford County Independent LWM in the News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Growing Concern Over Dark Store Loophole

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.

Steven Walters for Urban Milwaukee April 23, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Democratic legislators committed to closing ‘dark store loophole’

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. . .

The Herald Independent April 4, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Bill would save municipalities money

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.

Bob Zientara, Barron News-Shield LWM in the News
Posted on: March 8, 2018

Homeowner's tax assessment will drop $800000 after court deems backyard trees agriculture

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.

Bruce Vielmetti, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: February 22, 2018

Is a Last-Minute Bill to Help Developers that’s Being Jammed through the Legislature Going to Create

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.

Dan Shaw, Shepherd Express LWM in the News
Posted on: February 22, 2018

WalMart Wants Tax Refund Due to "Dark Store Theory"

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.

Dean S. Acheson, WXPR Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: February 19, 2018

City takes on 'dark store' tax strategy

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 . . . .

Ben Rueter Leader-Telegram LWM in the News