How State Law Limits Local Governments' Ability To Raise Revenue
Interview with Jerry Deschane, the League's Executive Director on Wisconsin Public Radio's Central time.
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPENS SUMMIT ON EMERGENCY DETENTION
In an interview with The Wheeler Report, Kaul said, “One of the issues I’ve heard most about from law enforcement across the state is the emergency detention issue. The reason is that the system we have in place right now is really burdensome on law enforcement agencies.
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As salt prices climb, Wisconsin looks to brine for a cheaper, better solution
Wisconsin used 9.4 million gallons of brine during the 2018-19 winter, compared to 4 million during the 2015-16 winter season.
The use of brine, combined with education and training, last year saved about 108 million pounds of salt, worth close to $4 million, Hunt said.
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CITY, STATE STILL MIRED IN BUSINESS TAX DISPUTE
Municipalities across Wisconsin, including Beloit, are still dealing with pending lawsuits over property tax assessment challenges by large companies with no end in sight.
Known as the so-called "dark store loophole," businesses across the state have challenged, sometimes annually, seeking to have their property assessments by municipalities of active properties valued as if they were vacant properties since 2008 following a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling.
Earlier this week the Beloit City Council approved a settlement with Staples Contract and Commercial, Inc. after Staples challenged the city on its assessment of the warehouse and distribution center at 3140 Colley Road. The Staples settlement isn't the first, and may not be the last with the city settling multiple disputes since 2016, according to court records.
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2019 Meagle Award Finalist: City of River Falls, Wisconsin
(ELGL Best Places to Work Award) The City’s Passport Program launched in 2016. Since then, new (and old) employees have been invited to visit ten different departments throughout the City over a five to eight-week period. In the past three years, 47 new and current employees have gone on over 300 department visits.
Participants see how different departments interact and are dependent on each other, which promotes cohesiveness. They have the chance to experience new things: getting their fingerprints taken at the PD, playing Pickleball, riding in a plow truck, and seeing how the hydroelectric dams work. After each dept visit, employees get a stamp or sticker to put into their “passport.” Once completed, participants are invited to lunch with the city adm.
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