Wisconsin Policy Forum's New Municipal DataTool
The Wisconsin Policy Forum has converted its yearly MunicipalFacts report into a digital publication - the Municipal DataTool. This tool covers five years of data on Wisconsin's cities and villages, including municipal spending, property taxes and values, debt, state shared revenues, income and income taxes, and population. This year, for the first time, the Wisconsin Policy Forum has expanded its analysis from the 250 largest cities and villages to include all 601 Wisconsin cities and villages. The tool allows users to compare groups of municipalities for free - a service that was formerly only available for a charge.

Access the Wisconsin Policy Forum's Municipal DataTool. (Please note the disclaimers!)
Developing Your Municipal Budget
Plus Basic Governing
Randy Reeg, City Administrator, Mauston & James Fenlon, Village Administrator, Little Chute
July, The Municipality, pg. 4 and pg. 7

From politics to public perception to planning plus quantitative and qualitative analysis, Randy lays out the Ps and Qs of the municipal budgeting process. James details the three key areas to managing a community. Read both articles in the July magazine online...

Additional Resources:
The League's Municipal Budgeting Toolkit includes helpful resources including everything from Budgeting Basics, to Levy Limits to the County Library Tax Exemption.
3 Keys to the Economic Viability of Small Towns Governing Magazine - cited by James as inspiring his testimony before the Assembly Committee on Community Development.
Budgeting and Levy Limits
Todd Taves, Senior Municipal Advisor, Ehlers
July, The Municipality, pg. 12

Wisconsin cities, villages, towns and counties have operated under levy limits since the 2006 budget year. With its numerous adjustments, the impact of levy limits on individual local government units has varied considerably. Prior to developing budgetary goals and objectives, it is important to understand what constraints your projected allowable levy poses. The following is an overview of the levy limit law, commonly used adjustments and new adjustments. Read Todd's article as a PDF here... Access the accompanying PowerPoint here...
Wisconsin TIF Projects
Curt Witynski, Deputy Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities & Michael Welsh, Director of Legislative Affairs, Wisconsin Economic Development Association
July, The Municipality, pg. 10

Wisconsin cities and villages serve as the main engines that drive business growth and prosperity across the state. Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) is the most effective tool they have to spur economic development, job creation and tax base growth. 

Additional Resources:
Using TIF to Benefit Affordable Housing (PDF) by Curt Witynski, League of WI Municipalities
State of Wisconsin Investment Board - Your Municipality's Partner
David Villa, Chief Investment Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board 
July, The Municipality, pg. 17

Additional Resources:
Dealing with Limitation of Liability Clauses in Contracts
Thomas Cameron, Assistant City Attorney, City of Sheboygan 
July, The Municipality , pg. 20

Increasingly vendors and contractors are adding clauses to their contracts that limit their liability, often at the expense of the municipality. In his article for the July, 2019 The Municipality magazine, "Dealing with Limitation of Liability Clauses in Contracts," Attorney Cameron details what municipalities need to be aware of before signing a contract. In this conversation with Jerry Deschane, for the League's the Local Perspective, Thomas goes into more detail and illustrates his examples with stories. Read Thomas's article as a PDF here... Watch the Local Perspective...
Nominate an ARTS Champion Today!

The Arts in the Community Awards, presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League, acknowledge local champions who value the arts, culture, and creativity as integral to economic, educational, and community vitality. The goal is to honor local elected and government officials and civic leaders who are not usually identified as "arts people," but who show leadership in community cultural development and civic engagement through the arts.

The application deadline is August 30, 2019. The 11th annual awards will be presented at the League's 121st Annual Conference October 23-25 in Green Bay. Go to for application information.
Three $3,000 Grants Thanks to WEA Trust Local Spark Award!

The WEA Trust 2019 Local Spark Award entry period opens Thursday, August 1! What is your idea to help benefit your community? Enter between August 1-31 and you'll have a chance to win one of three $3,000 grants!

Learn more at
Show your local gov LOVE!
#CityHallSelfie Day is August 15 and Villages can be all in too!

Don't forget to tag the League in your posts and we will share to our social media.
The Future is Bright

It’s a big deal when the leader of an insurance company steps down after 35 years, but thanks to a lot of foresight, a unique operational structure and a hardwired commitment to serving Wisconsin municipalities, the transition between Dennis Tweedale and Matt Becker at League of Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance (LWMMI) has been a smooth one. The future looks bright and secure for the cities and villages covered by the company.
Learn more at League Mutual aka LWMMI .
Women Mayors and Village Presidents
List of Women Muni Leaders in Wisconsin - this list was created in response to a media request and is not complete. Please check to see if you are on this list, and if not, please fill out the form on the League's website here . We are working with the Wisconsin Women's Council to complete this list. Thanks!
Join Us!
The League's Chief Executives Workshop
August 22-23, 2019
Osthoff Resort
Elkhart Lake, WI

Coping with Loss: Sun Prairie and Appleton Share their Stories - Strategies for Expanding Housing Options in your Community - Panel Topic: Curbing Bad Behavior at Meetings and Hearings - Leading Positive Community Change with Dr. David Ivan - Forging the Way, Leading as a Woman in Local Government - Attracting and Keeping Talent Home with Quint Studer, founder of Studer Community Institute & author of Building a Vibrant Community - Divided Government: How’s it Working?

League Chief Executives Workshop Speaker will Inspire You!

"Attracting and Keeping Talent Home ," Quint Studer, a former Wisconsin resident, is working closely with the City of Janesville to revitalize their downtown and will inspire you with what he’s learned and applied in the communities that he’s’ worked in. He is the founder of the Studer Community Institute; a businessman, visionary and entrepreneur.

Attendees can win a copy of his new book “Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” In his book he addresses what every community needs to become a great place to live and work. The why is no mystery: We want to create a place our children and grandchildren will want to be. We also know the what: We need to attract investments, provide good jobs, and create lively downtowns where citizens will want to work, live, shop and play. What is usually missing is the how. Quint addresses all three aspects, but mainly focuses on the last one. How can your community get from where it is now to where it wants to be?

Check out the 2018 Chief Executives Workshop Photo Album on the League's Facebook page. 
Municipal Assessors Institute
September 16-18, 2019    
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
Oshkosh, WI

Register Now for one of the four Small Community Forums

If you live in, work in, or help shape your small community and/or region, please attend one of these Forums. You'll connect with representatives from a variety of statewide resources and discuss with your regional neighborhood what your community needs and can do to grow and thrive into the future. Register here!

  • Crivitz, August 8
  • Independence, August 21
  • Pardeeville, August 28
  • Nekoosa, September 11 

Brought to you in partnership by the League, Wisconsin Rural Partners, Arts Wisconsin, USDA, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Register here now! (Space is limited in some of the venues.)
The League's 121st Annual Conference
With Engineering & Public Works Institute
October 23-25, 2019
KI Center, Green Bay

Network with attendees from municipalities all over Wisconsin. Workshops include: Innovations in Housing Development; Human Resources 101; Bus Tour - Northern Renewal - Tour of Green Bay and Ashwaubenon; Mini Bar - A New Round of FUNdamentals for Municipal Attorneys; Exhibit Hall with 105 vendors; Mock "Bad Characters" Meeting, Table for 10 and that's just Wednesday! 

One-Day Registration is available! Register now here .

Check out the 2018 Annual Conference Social Media
The League's Local Government 101 Workshop

Municipal officials and staff with years of experience attending Local Government 101 may find themselves sitting next to elected officials and staff who are brand-new to government. In this popular one-day workshop you’ll learn about city and village powers including municipal home rule, hear about how to recognize and avoid conflicts of interest, go home with a quick tutorial on municipal budgeting as well as how to run a meeting and finish with an overview on managing public works projects. In addition, you’ll have that age-old question answered: “What is a walking quorum anyway?”

Only ONE of the six one-day Workshops remain!

September 13 - Waupaca: Par 4 Resort. 

Details and registration here !
Wisconsin's Changing Workforce, Broadband and State Budget Review are the issues in the latest #LocalGovMatters podcasts. Listen to all episodes here or wherever you get your podcasts .

The #LocalGovMatters Podcast is a partnership between the League, the Wheeler Report, Inc. and the Wisconsin Counties Association. You can listen on your PC or smartphone.