Election Engagement
Election Issues > Dark Store Loopholes
TAKE ACTION - Corporations are using the Dark Store Loopholes to avoid paying property taxes, which shifts the burden to homeowners and small businesses.

Watch the Dark Store Loopholes whiteboard video and then share it -
  • Send an email to your Legislators and candidates with the link to the video;
  • Link to the video from your website;
  • Show the video at a governing body meeting and at your Rotary, Neighborhood Association, Kiwanis, Elks, etc. meeting;
  • Show the video as part of a legislative candidate forum (see the August, The Municipality magazine, pg. 7 for more on how to host a forum);
  • Send the video to your local reporter;
  • Post the video to social media (and tag the League and Counties so that we can amplify your voice) 
WisconsinEye's Steve Walters discusses the impact of dark store loopholes with the bill's authors, Senators Roger Roth and Duey Stroebel and the League's Executive Director, Jerry Deschane. The League partnered with WisconsinEye to bring the discussion of dark store loopholes and the shift to homeowners and small businesses to Facebook live. Watch the video on the League's YouTube Channel here . You can comment on our Facebook page here.
Recent Dark Store Headlines:

  • Shifting the tax burden: If plaintiffs win lawsuits over property tax assessments, taxpayers could see $561K on their tab Read the full story here...

  • In an advisory referendum, West Allis voters loudly demand legislators close the so-called dark store loophole Read the full story here...

More Dark Store Loopholes in the News on the League's website here...
DARK STORE LOOPHOLES campaign https://darkstoreloopholes.org/   

Election Issue - Potholes, Bridges & Other Transportation Infrastructure
TAKE ACTION: Adopt the Strategic Transportation Aids Resolution.   ( Click here and the resolution will download as a Word document so that you can put it on the agenda for your next governing body meeting.)

Heads Up - Join us for a free Strategic Transportation Aids Luncheon hosted in partnership with the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin on October 26 immediately following the close of the Annual Conference, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Stay tuned for details.
Local Government Fiscal Stress in Wisconsin
August, the Municipality, pg. 12

The Wisconsin Story of local government fiscal stress was told through quotes from city and village leaders in this article by Yunji Kim, UW-Extension Local Government Center. If you haven't read it yet, you'll want to. Even if you aren't quoted, you will see your city or village in the story.

Read Yunji's article on page 12 of the August magazine here...
Election Issue - Levy Limits
Wisconsin’s Cities and Villages Benefit from Recovery, But Growth is Uneven: Report Also Finds Potential Increase in “Dark Store” Appeals
"While Wisconsin’s cities and villages continue to benefit from the long economic recovery, the results have been unequal with smaller communities often seeing less progress, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum Report for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities." More information on the 2018 State of Wisconsin's Cities & Villages Report here...

More information on levy limits on the League's website here...

Wisconsin Policy Forum 2018 Municipal Facts (Formerly the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Municipal Facts) Here...
Help with Request for Proposals (RFPs)
August, the Municipality, page 16

Thanks to River Valley Bank for providing a great "how to" on RFPs in their article in the August magazine.

Did you know that the League posts RFPs to our website? Not only that but when you send us an RFP, we also send an email to companies who are listed in the League's Product and Services who may be interested in your project.

See the RFPs currently posted to the League's website here... (scroll down)

Learn how you can request that your RFP be posted to the League's website here...
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Early Birds Register Now for t he League's 120th Annual Conference
October 24-26
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells 

Baraboo Bus/Walking Tour: Historic Buildings, a New City Hall & Innovative Funding • Developing Workforce Housing • Planning for and Recovering from a Disaster Event • Fundamentals for Municipal Attorneys • TIF: Analysis and Consideration of Greater Community Goals • Go pro! When Communities Should Consider Hiring an Administrator • Ethics in 2018: More Important Now Than Ever • Strategies for Supporting Businesses When Streets Are Under Construction • Municipal Partnering: A Smart Cost Reduction Strategy • Conditional Use Administration: A New Paradigm • Can Small Communities be Cool • Construction Delivery Methods for Public Entities • Toolbox of Pavement Preservation • Regionalism & Community Success • Preventing Harassment in the #MeToo Era: Leading Cultural Change to Strengthen Your Organization • Arts + Creativity + Entrepreneurship = Local Vitality • Best Practices for Bidding in a Strong Economy • Large Community Roundtable • Small Community Roundtable • Legislative Update * Ask the Attorneys • EPW Track: Attributes of Successful Stormwater Management Programs • Community Engagement Model for Comprehensive Plans • Ethics for Engineers • Grants 101: Public Funding Basics, Trends & Successful Strategies • Telltale Signs of Fraud & Corruption • EPW Track: Engineering Emotional Intelligence

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Register Today two more Small Community Forums!
Pepin & Hurley

If you live in, work in, or help shape communities with populations of 2,500 or fewer, attend a session near you to learn through case studies, roundtables and discussion groups. Come with examples of local and regional success stories as well as challenges, and be prepared to share with and learn from colleagues and friends. Everyone in the community and region is invited!

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Hosted by: Wisconsin Downtown Action Council, Wisconsin Rural Partners, UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, League of Wisconsin Municipalities & United States Department of Agriculture
2018 Municipal Assessors Institute 
September 11-14, 2018
Tundra Lodge
Green Bay, WI

See full workshop descriptions under the agenda tabs! You can register online or download the form on our website here .
2018 Plumbing Inspectors Institute  
September 19-21 
Holiday Inn & Convention Center
Stevens Point, WI

Details and registration are here on the League's website. You can register now!
Thanks to our sponsors! 

September 28
Stevens Point: Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

You won't want to miss it. This is the 5th and last Local Government 101 Workshop this year.
You can register here !