Wisconsin Towns Association announces
2015-16 Legislative Priorities
To view the 2015-16 Legislative Priorities, CLICK HERE
67th Annual WTA Convention
(11/12/14) WTA held its 67th Annual WTA Convention October 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. Many thanks to the many hundreds of attendees for coming! As they become available, WTA will post materials used by presenters at the convention below:
Brochure on the Urban Towns Committee
Implements of Husbandry
Best Practices to Hire & Manage Town Employees Post Act 10
Issues Facing Rural Schools in Wisconsin
What's New in Shoreland Zoning and the Scientific Research Behind It
Zoning Boards of Adjustment/Appeals
The Managed Forest Law (MFL) and a Review of Potential Program Revisions
General Transportation Aids Overview Handout
Controlling Workers Compensation Claims Handout
Having a Squared Away Police Department
GAB Election Training
Tax Increment Financing Basics for Towns
Lake Districts and Dam Maintenance
Comprehensive "Smart Growth" Planning Trends & Realities
Agricultural Enterprise Areas in Wisconsin (supporting local farms and preserving farmland)
USDA Rural Development (community facilities)
Sample Ordinance & Information on
New Implements of Husbandry (IOH) Law
(6/9/14) Please CLICK HERE for a link to Executive Director Rick Stadelman's June WTA magazine article on the New IOH (Implements of Husbandry) Law Overview.
A table showing a summary of the various options that municipalities and counties (these are the Maintaining Authorities under the new law) have regarding the length and weight of IOHs on highways under their jurisdiction can be found if you CLICK HERE.
Sample ordinances for each of the four options (note that Option A and Option F do not require an ordinance) that require an ordinance are attached here:
Also please CLICK HERE to view the new IOH/Ag CMV table (which provides for a 15% increase per axle and gross weight). This table is what now controls for IOH/Ag CMV, on unposted highways, unless Option B, C, D, or E are adopted.
The Standard Application for a No-Fee Permit from Local Governments can be accessed at the Wis. DOT website at: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/business/ag/index.htm
Additional information on the new law is also available at this DOT website.
Executive Director’s Fall Town and Village Workshop Message
(9/30/14) Executive Director, Mike Koles, was unable to attend all of the Fall Workshops. UW-Extension produced a video that was played in Mike’s absence. A number of you have requested to have this video posted to the web. You can view Mike’s introductory message to participants in the workshops, which also is a general introduction of himself, by viewing the You Tube video that is linked below.
Legislative Update: 2013-14 Session Recap
(5/6/14) CLICK HERE for a copy of the WTA Legislative Update as of 5/6/14 summarizing issues of importance to towns from the 2013-14 legislative session.
NATaT Legislative Update
(10/7/14) WTA posts weekly legislative updates from the National Association of Towns and Townships. Please see the current as well as past issues on the Legislative page.
Propane Crisis Information Updates -
Governor Scott Walker Announces
Opening of New Propane Terminal
(10/31/14) Persistent very cold weather has created an ongoing propane crisis in Wisconsin of exploding prices and short supplies needed to keep homes and businesses warm. Please click on the below items for the latest updates on what the state government is doing on this issue:
In addition, Governor Walker signed the following bill into law on Thursday March 27th, 2014:
Assembly Bill 770 – creates an emergency heating assistance loan guarantee program. It will allow families to obtain financing of up to $2,500 through a participating lender with a guarantee of 50 to 80 percent on original amount borrowed. Assembly Bill 770 makes financing more affordable by providing a one-time payment of 3.5 percent to reduce the interest rate on the loan. The bill passed the Assembly 94-1 and unanimously passed the Senate; it is Act 175.
Wis. Stat. Section 82.03(2) WTA Resolution
(10/17/13) Please CLICK HERE for a sample resolution proposing that WTA should seek a legislative change to Wis. Stat. s. 82.03(2). The statute requires town meeting of electors approval to annually spend more than $5,000 per mile of town highway in total highway spending. The resolution recommends amending s. 82.03(2) to require town meeting of elector approval instead when planning to exceed $10,000 per mile of town highway in total annual highway spending.