Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Weekly Village of Whitefish Bay
Official Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

It’s that time of year again, it’s getting cold outside. The Police Department is seeing a number of cars unattended running in driveways. We ask that you do not leave your keys in an unattended, unlocked, and running vehicle. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When will Property Tax information available?
Property tax bills were mailed on Friday, December 13, 2019. For due dates and payment info read the story below or check out the Village Property Tax website.

What is the 2020 refuse and recycling schedule?
The 2020 refuse and recycling schedule is available on the Village website. Click here to view the schedule.

How do I renew my dog/cat license(s)?
To renew your 2020 dog/cat license(s) online rather than in person at the Village Hall, please click here. For more information, please contact MADACC at 414-649-8640. 
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:15 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Past meeting agendas and minutes please visit the Agenda Center p age on the Village Website. Please contact Village Hall with any questions.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Basement

  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room
Property Tax Information:
Message from the Finance Director, Jen Amerell

Please find important information below about how to pay your property taxes, as well as where your property taxes go, and what services they pay for.

Jen Amerell
Whitefish Bay Finance Director
When is my tax bill due?

Due date is January 31, 2020. Residents have the option to pay property taxes and other charges as indicated on your tax bill in installments. Installment due dates are as follows:
  • 1st Installment due by January 31  
  • 2nd Installment due by March 31     
  • Final Installment due by May 31 (May 31 is a Sunday - please plan accordingly.)
Please note – if any installment payment is missed, the installment option is no longer available and the entire balance becomes due in full.
What are my Payment Options?
In Person at Associated Bank

Lobby Hours, Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

December 24 open 9:00 am to 2:00 pm December 31 open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed December 25 and January 1
By Mail
Make check payable to the Village of Whitefish Bay

Send check to Village of Whitefish Bay, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, Whitefish Bay, 53217
On the  Village Website

From  website, click “Online Payments” on bottom of page and select “Pay Property Taxes”

Enter Payment Type (real estate or personal property), Name and Address, and Card information 

User Fees Do Apply:
  • Credit Cards – 2.39% per Transaction, $1.50 minimum
  • Electronic Check - $1.50
24-Hour Night Depository

Located in entrance of Village Hall

Deposits made prior to midnight will be processed using that day’s date
How Do I Obtain A Receipt?

Receipts can be obtained in one of three ways:
  1. Use the Village website, receipts may be printed anytime at your convenience
  2. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment sent via mail or night deposit box. Receipts will not be sent if self-addressed stamped envelope is not include
  3. Receive receipt at time of payment in person
What Happens if I Do Not Pay On Time?

For any property tax bill where payment is not made timely, the bill is considered delinquent and the remaining balance is subject to interest and penalty. If a payment is missed, the installment plan is no longer available and the balance is due in full. 

Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes and Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Code, delinquent property tax bills are charged 1.5% interest and penalty per month (in the calculation of interest and penalty, a partial month is considered a full month). Interest and penalties are charged retroactive to February 1, 2020.  
Property Tax FAQs:
Where Do My Property Taxes Go? 

In addition to collecting taxes to fund its own operations, the Village also collects taxes for four other taxing jurisdictions that establish their own budgets and levies. Below is an example of how your property taxes are allocated to each taxing jurisdiction:
What Do I Pay For Village Services? 

Though the Village collects all the taxes, 78% of the funds are allocated to other jurisdictions. The portion of property taxes the Village retains are used to provide police and fire protection, refuse and recycling collection, snow and ice control, leaf and yard waste collection, street maintenance, sidewalk and alley maintenance, street and traffic lighting, library services, park facilities and maintenance, health services, building inspection, election administration, and other miscellaneous Village services. The Village tax rate is $4.85, which means the owner of a home assessed at $467,320 would pay approximately $2,267 in property taxes for Village provided services. The total monthly cost for these Village services is approximately $189.00, allocated as follows:
How does the Village-wide reassessment effect my taxes?

Overall, the Village of Whitefish Bay experienced a 16% increase in assessed value. However, revaluations are revenue neutral. In other words, an increase in total property value does not necessarily mean that the Village of Whitefish Bay and/or other taxing jurisdictions will collect more tax dollars. Property assessments are used to determine each owner’s share of the total tax burden. Therefore, some owner’s shares will increase, some will decrease and some will stay about the same depending on how their assessment changed in relation to the average increase of 16%.
Holiday Refuse and Recycling Changes:
Refuse and Recycling normally picked up on:

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019 will be picked up on Monday, December 23, 2019.

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019 will be picked up on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 will be picked up on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Library Hiring Part-Time Children’s Librarian: 
Are you a librarian with an ALA-accredited Masters’ Degree program in Library/Information Studies? Are you an energetic, creative, service-oriented person who enjoys working with the public? If so, we want you to join our team at Whitefish Bay Public Library! The Whitefish Bay Public Library has an opening for a part-time Youth Services Librarian.  Click here for position information and a full job description.

Library Holiday Closures:
The Whitefish Bay Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, Wednesday, December 25, 2019, Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Thursday, December 19:
Yarn Wrapped Letters, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Join us for this cozy craft! Wrap your favorite letter in colorful yarn and decorate your room. Grades 3rd-5th.  Registration Required.
Friday, December 20:
Return of Hack Your Cocoa, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Come enjoy some hot cocoa or hot cider! There will be lots of toppings to choose from! All supplies provided. For Grades 6+. No Registration Required.
Community Spotlight:
Update from MADACC:

12 Days of Strays is back and we want to see all of our adoptables go home for the holidays. Friends of MADACC has reduced adoption fees for all puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats who are currently in the shelter (not including those offsite, in foster care, or on Pre-Select).

MADACC’s adoption hours are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Interested adopters can view adoptable animals at MADACC and fill out an Adopter Profile at
Whitefish Bay Little League Registration:

Online registration is underway
for the 2020 baseball season!
Whitefish Bay Little League is
a baseball league for boys and
girls of all skill and experience levels.
  • Regular online registration: December 1 - January 15
  • Late registration: January 16 - January 31 ($50 Late Fee Applies)
  • For registration information, visit
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? Elder self-neglect is a public health issue that affects millions of older people each year. It occurs across the world, in all types of societies, cultures and across every education and economic strata. Elder self-neglect has been linked to devastating outcomes on older adults’ physical and psychological well-being, higher mortality rate, and increased utilization of health care services. It can manifest itself in the form of refusal or failure to provide themselves with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medication, or safety precautions.  

In the US, self-neglect has been the primary type (41.9%) of elder abuse cases reported to the Adult Protective Services (APS). Multiple studies have shown it to occur in up to 30% of elderly people living alone. Keep in mind that self-neglect is different than decisions that lead to poor outcomes by a competent elder. Some risk factors linked to elder self-neglect:
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical disability 
  • Psychological distress 
  • Some preventative strategies include:
  • Listening to and trying to understand the multifaceted situation and values of a self-neglecting senior
  • Encouraging a comprehensive geriatric assessment to be conducted. Some brief screening tests exist, such as the Hopkins Competency Assessment Test to help evaluate decision-making capacity or the Mini-Cog that can detect cognitive impairment. The NSHD held two Memory Screening events in the past few months and will hold more in 2020.
  • Engaging a multidisciplinary team that may include medical and mental health professionals, caregivers, community educational programs, social workers, and financial service agencies.

Open and honest conversation early on with a self-neglecting elder is never easy, but it is likely essential to prevent a debilitating situation. Checking on family members and loved ones frequently is a good way to keep abreast of a potential self-neglect situation.

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Dec. 17,
7:30 am to 9:00 am,
Shorewood Office

Wednesday, Dec. 18,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Dec. 18,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Dec. 17,
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue) 

Thursday, Dec. 19,
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
LX Club (WFB Women’s Club, 600 E. Henry Clay St.) 

Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments:
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651