The presentations made at the 4th quarter Energy Independent Communities meeting held at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay on December 17th are now posted in the "Projects" section of the LGI website. They and the other presentations from the 2009 Pilot Communities can be accessed here:
The Village of Pewaukee and the City of Pewaukee are exploring the possibility of consolidating the Village and the City into one community. Prior studies have shown that overall cost savings would result from consolidation. However, these studies have also shown that the cost savings would not be evenly shared by City and Village residents. In fact, if the City's and Village's current assets, liabilities and expenses are consolidated, the studies have shown that the City's tax rate would increase
Source: Wisconsin Eye
Three local government leaders who just finished their 2010 budgets discussed the funding crisis their communities face, if future governors and legislators can’t agree on a comprehensive reworking of how to pay for state and local services. Appleton Mayor Tim Hannah, Dane County Supervisor Dennis O’Laughlin and Jerry Derr, who for 31 years has been chair of the 3,500-resident Town of Bristol in Dane County, also discussed their expectations of candidates for governor next year.
Mayor Hannah and Supervisor O'Laughlin are LGI Board members.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Dave Umhoefer of the Journal Sentinel
Dented by income tax cuts and a marked spending slowdown on education, Wisconsin's national status as a tax hell is fading.
Hell has not frozen over.
But in comparison to other states, Wisconsin's total tax bite on incomes plummeted to just above the national average in newly released figures.
There is still time to register for the final meeting of the 2009 Energy Independent Communities Planning Grant Program. Come and hear presentations of the plans prepared by the first group of communities in Wisconsin to have prepared energy independence plans.
The City and Town of Verona made a significant attempt to consolidate. Discussions and negotiations from 2005 to 2007 culminated in a referendum in the spring of 2008 in which City voters overwhelmingly approved the consolidation but Town voters rejected the move. Jon Hockhammer, the Mayor of Verona and City Attorney Richard Nordeng gave a presentation summarizing the consolidation effort at the October 2009 League of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference in Appleton. They have graciously allowed LGI to post the presentation here.
Click here to view the presentation.
Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
December 17th, 2009
Presentations from the 3rd Quarter Energy Independent Communities meeting are now posted here.
Tax Foundation – October 9, 2009
The Public Policy Forum hosted a Viewpoint Luncheon entitled "Local Government Finance in Crisis: A View from the Trenches," to discuss the financial challenges facing the region's largest governments. Panelists included: Norm Cummings, Director of Administration, Waukesha County; Jerome Heer, Director of Audits, Milwaukee County; Wally Morics, Comptroller, City of Milwaukee; and Michelle Nate, Chief Financial Officer, Milwaukee Public Schools. The event, sponsored by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, The PFM Group, and SysLogic, took place on September 21, 2009 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee.