Monday, December 14, 2020

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

This year the Village is encouraging residents who typically pay property taxes in-person to utilize non-contact methods to submit payment to reduce potential staff and resident exposure to COVID-19. You can use the 24-Hour Drop Box just inside the Village Hall front doors or pay online via e-check for a flat $1.50 fee. More information below! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When will Property Tax information be available? Property tax bills were mailed on Friday, December 11, 2020. For due dates and payment info, read the story below or check out the Village Property Tax website.

What are the upcoming refuse and recycling collection schedule changes?
  • Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Thursday, December 24, 2020, will be collected on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
  • Refuse/Recycling normally collected on Friday, December 25, 2020, will be picked up on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
  • Refuse/Recycling normally collected on Friday, January 1, 2021, will be picked up on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

What is the 2021 refuse and recycling schedule? The 2021 refuse and recycling schedule is available on the Village website. Click here to view the schedule.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

  • Thursday, December 10, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, December 17, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Property Tax Information:
Message from the Finance Director,
Jaimie Krueger

Please find important information below about how to pay your property taxes, where your property taxes go, and what services they pay for. This year, we strongly encourage you to use the 24-Hour Drop Box or to pay online via e-check ($1.50 flat fee). Please note that Associated Bank will not be collecting taxes this year.

- Jaimie Krueger, Whitefish Bay Finance Director
When Is My Tax Bill Due?

Due date is January 31, 2021. 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 (January 31 is a Sunday – please plan accordingly.)
  • 2nd Installment due by March 31
  • Final Installment due by May 31 (May 31 is Memorial Day – 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.
By Mail:

Make check payable to the Village of Whitefish Bay

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

From the website, click “Online Payments” and then select “Pay Property Tax Bill”. Enter Payment Type (real estate or personal property), Name and Address, and payment information

User Fees Do Apply:
  • Electronic Check - $1.50 (PREFERRED OPTION)
  • Credit Cards – 2.39% per transaction, $1.50 minimum
24-Hour Drop Box:

The 24-Hour Drop Box is located in entrance of Village Hall. It is the same box used for absentee ballots.

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 included.
  3. Receive a 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. When paying in installments, 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 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, 2021.
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 $4.93, which means the owner of a home assessed at $467,320 would pay approximately $2,304 in property taxes for Village provided services. The total monthly cost for these Village services is approximately $192.00, allocated as follows:
A Note from the Civic Foundation:
Dear Whitefish Bay Friends and Neighbors,

As we near the end of 2020, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to each of you for your support this year as your Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation worked to find new ways to bring you and your family, friends, and neighbors together as a community. We truly are so honored to serve you and to call Whitefish Bay our home.

For more than 40 years, the Civic Foundation has brought the Bay together through a variety of family-friendly events, including Green Day in the Bay, the Memorial Day Ceremony, two Ice Cream Socials, the 4th of July Parade and Festival, Sounds of Summer, and the Great Pumpkin Festival. This year we had to get creative, and we hosted a drive-through ice cream social and a scaled-back (and yet still incredibly magical) Great Pumpkin Festival. We know you were all smiling behind your masks as you enjoyed these events, just as we were. We are so looking forward to the day when we can all be together again in person.

Each year the Civic Foundation also awards thousands of dollars in grants in Whitefish Bay. This year we increased our efforts in this regard. Some of the donations and grants we provided in 2020 included:

  • $10,000 to beautify Armory Park
  • $5,000 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • $5,000 to the new Cahill Park Ice Rink
  • $2,000 to support installation of accessible pedestrian signals on Silver Spring Drive
  • $600 for Youth Music Nights at The Bay
  • $300 for additional trash receptacles to support a local Girl Scout project

We are continually looking for new ways to support people and groups that are helping to improve our community. Please share your ideas with us!

Finally, while we are always appreciative of and welcome your tax-deductible contributions to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, we would like to encourage you to support one of the many organizations providing critical services to people in need this year. And when you’re doing your holiday shopping or looking for a delicious place for a curbside-pickup dinner, please remember to check out the local shops and restaurants we have in Whitefish Bay. There is so much good happening in Whitefish Bay.

Thank you for your support in our community! We’re looking forward to an amazing 2021!

Sincerely, Tom Gleason, 2020 President of the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:
❄️ Ice Sculpture Demonstration (NEW DATE): On Saturday, December 19, 2020, stop by and check out the Ice Sculpture Demonstration in Consaul Commons from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

❄️ Ice Sculpture Crawl on Silver Spring Drive (NEW DATE): December 19, 2020. All day. Stroll from High Brow Boutique and Johnson Financial Group all the way down to Keller Williams Realty, Milwaukee and see all 15 of the creative ice sculptures!

❄️ Visit Santa's Mailbox: New to Silver Spring Drive this year is Santa's Mailbox! Make your list, check it twice, then pop it into Santa's Mailbox. The Merchants of Whitefish Bay have a direct connection to the North Pole so we know Santa will get each letter! Find it until December 23, 2020, at 316 E Silver Spring Drive.
Community Ice Rink Update:
Progress on the Community Rink at Cahill Park continues. Last week the Architectural Review Commission approved the zamboni structure and storage building. The structure will be fully assembled and disassembled each season.

Hours for public skate and rink rules are coming soon and will be released prior to the rink opening to the public. In December 2019, the Village of Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee Winter Club agreed to a partnership to provide a regulation sized ice rink at Cahill Park this winter.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Change in Services: In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Whitefish Bay Public Library has returned to curbside and virtual services.

Curbside Pickup Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make and Take Crafts For Kids:
  • Make a patterned snowflake - Wednesday, December 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (outside the library).

Make and Take Crafts For Adults:
  • Macrame Keychain - Thursday, December 17, from 10:00 a.m. until supplies last (outside the library). We'll provide you with all the items you'll need to create a Macrame Keychain.

Join us on Facebook for:
  • Storytime, now through December 18
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time with bounces, rhymes, and songs
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages Storytime with books and more
  • Virtual program: DIY Games with Miss Valerie. Premiering Wednesday, December 16, at 4:00 p.m., on Facebook
Virtual Book Club begins Friday, December 18, 12:00 p.m.:
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. This meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Click here to join.
Community Spotlight:
Incoming 2021-2022 4K Virtual Visit is
January 7 and 8:

Whitefish Bay resident families of students who turn four on or before September 1, 2021, are invited to a Virtual 4K Overview at Cumberland or Richards Elementary Schools. This event will be hosted through Zoom by the Elementary School Principals and will include a welcome from the 4K teachers, a short story from the Library Media Specialists, and time for questions and answers. Click here for more information and to sign up for the event.  
Bay Bridge Talk Session: Care & Connect for Change

Celebrate the season by learning what community leaders are doing to make Milwaukee and the world a better place. Join us for an exciting panel event where these activists and change-makers come together to share a bit about their organizations. Register here.
COVID-19 Testing Locations:

Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed.

  • Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Miller Park Parking Lots, 1 Brewers Way
  • Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Former Bucyrus Erie site, 1625 10th Ave., South Milwaukee
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Many Federally Qualified Health Centers and health care providers have same-day appointments available. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE for the latest testing information
December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month:

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is described as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.” This observance is a reminder to encourage and practice sober driving. Accidents caused by driving under the influence are preventable. In Wisconsin between 2009-2018, 1,928 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired driving. Here are tips to remind you or loved ones how to stay safe:
  • Plan ahead and designate a sober driver and arrange for an alternate ride home just in case.
  • Talk to your loved ones and remind them of the importance of being responsible and safe.
  • If you are hosting, offer non-alcoholic options for guests as an alternative to alcoholic drinks.

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website. We also encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website and CDC website.

Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651