Majority of Assembly Republicans
Sign Letter Supporting Local Projects
(6/23/15) Please CLICK HERE for a copy of a letter signed by 33 of the 63 members of the Assembly's Republican Caucus. The letter asks that as the state budget process continues, both houses of the legislature and the Governor consider the statewide impact of transportation finance decisions. Specifically, that budgeting choices should have a fair and equal impact statewide, because discussion of excluding the Southeast Megaprojects (including the Zoo Interchange) from any cuts or timeline delays would disproportionately affect their constituents and taxpayers who are outside of the Milwaukee area.
If you see your legislator on the letter, please thank them for supporting town highways!
Small Employer Health Insurance
Payment or Reimbursement Plans
May Violate Affordable Care Act
(6/23/15) Please CLICK HERE for a copy of an important notice that was printed in the May and June WTA newsletters regarding the end of towns' ability to use a traditional means of employee fringe benefits related to health insurance. Local governments in violation of the Internal Revenue Service's interpretations on the applicability of the Affordable Care Act on this point can be subject to penalties after June 30, 2015.
Materials from the
2015 WTA District Meetings
(4/1/15) WTA recently concluded its 2015 District Meetings held across the state in 13 separate locations over two months. For those of you who made it, thank you! For anyone who would like a copy of the various meeting materials, please click on the desired item listed below:
WTA Legislative Agenda Presentation
New Board of Review Laws
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
Fire Department & Emergency Services
Filling Pot Holes: A New Look at Funding Transportation in Wisconsin
WTA Press Release on Opposition to Proposal for
County Property Tax Assessment & Boards of Review
(3/2/15) A provision in the proposed 2015-17 state budget for Wisconsin includes the elimination of assessors, property tax assessment and boards of review at the local level in favor of a system implemented at the county level. Please see the WTA materials below in opposition to this proposal.
Materials from Feb. 17 IOH Webinar
Recorded Session Now Available
(3/2/15) CLICK HERE for a link to the web site containing the materials from the recent webinar on IOH permitting.
While there click on the .wmv file to watch and listen to the recorded IOH webinar.
2015 68th Annual WTA Convention
(1/22/15) A list of hotels and contact information for the 2015 68th Annual WTA Convention is now available if you CLICK HERE.
Hotels will take reservations beginning on noon on January 15, 2015. The convention is from Sunday October 25th through Tuesday October 27th at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
Local Government Issues Featured
Recently on Wisconsin Eye
(12/19/14) Wisconsin Eye recently interviewed the Executive Directors from the three local government associations in Wisconsin. You can view a few minutes of the 30 minute show if you CLICK HERE or the entire show if you CLICK HERE.
WTA Executive Director, Mike Koles, is featured in the short clip responding to the question about WTA legislative priorities: “Transportation is our #1 issue... There are a couple of watershed moments we’re embarking on. One of them is transportation. Are we going to fund transportation in a long term, equitable, and sustainable manner? The local control issue is going to come up as well, and, for us, we believe strongly in local control and I’m looking forward to the discussion.”
Local Government Institute Study
on Local Transportation Issues & Needs
(12/19/14) “The Local Government Institute (LGI), which includes the Wisconsin Counties Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association commissioned and released a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report entitled Filling the Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The study was intended to look at the issues impacting the funding of local transportation budgets and develop recommendations for fixing the problem.
“This report shows what we’ve already known, that manufacturing, farming, and trucking make up a larger share of jobs and wages that any other state except Indiana,” said Wisconsin Towns Association Executive Director Mike Koles. “In addition, strong roads boost our $11 billion tourism industry. For Wisconsin to grow and thrive, we can’t wait any longer to invest in our infrastructure.”
Please click on any of the below links to see further information:
Wisconsin Towns Association announces
2015-16 Legislative Priorities
(12/8/14) The Wisconsin Towns Association now has ready its list of legislative priorities for the the 2015-16 session. To see a list of those, please CLICK HERE.
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.
NATaT Legislative Update
(12/17/14) 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.