2015 Fall Budget & Finance Workshops
(8/17/15) Once again this fall WTA has teamed up with the UW-Extension Local Government Center for Fall Workshops including Budget & Finance. This day-long workshop features two simultaneous tracks to provide something for everyone and will visit nine locations around Wisconsin from September 15th through September 30th.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the registration form with the itinerary, dates and locations.
2015 68th Annual WTA Convention
Itinerary & Registration Form Now Available
(8/17/15) The 68th Annual WTA Convention is from Sunday October 25th through Tuesday October 27th at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Please click on any of the following links for information. We hope to see you there!
Convention Announcement & Schedule
Registration form for mailing to WTA with your payment
A list of area hotels with contact information
If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at our Convention, please click here.
On-The-Farm Twilight Meetings
Announced for August
(7/23/15) Town and county officials, educators, neighbors and local citizens are invited to an On-The-Farm Twilight Meeting where local community leaders and dairy farmers learn together and discuss important issues related to our communities, resources and farming. A dairy farm tour is followed by free ice cream and conversation.
Four meetings will be held around the state: August 13th in Sauk County, August 18th in Brown County, August 19th in Marathon County and August 20th in St. Croix County. All meetings are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but RSVPs to the Wisconsin Towns Association are appreciated in order to help plan.
This Agricultural Community Engagement meeting is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association and Professional Dairy Producers. Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the flier with more details.
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance:
Towns Tax & Spend Far Less Than Cities & Villages
(7/16/15) The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance issued a press release on July 14, 2015 describing its latest report that is specifically on town finance, titled "How Do Towns Measure Up: A Closer Look At Town Finance." It concludes that Wisconsin's towns both tax and also spend far less than the state's cities and villages. For a copy of the press release, please CLICK HERE.
The Northern Office Newsletter
Now on Their Website Page
(7/16/15) The State of Wisconsin's Northern Office now has its newsletter, The Northern Connection, on its website. You can see the latest as well as some past editions there. The website is new and should have additional information on it over time.
The Northern Office serves as a connection point between communities in Northern Wisconsin and the resources of state government.
Governor Signs 2015-17 State Budget:
2015 Wisconsin Act 55
Governor Signs AB 165/SB 113:
2015 Wisconsin Act 41
(7/2/15) Several town officers made the trip to Madison to be present on July 1, 2015 when the Governor signed a WTA legislative priority into law: AB 165/SB 113 is now 2015 Wisconsin Act 41. Act 41 was published on July 2, 2015 and is Wisconsin law on July 3, 2015.
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 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.
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:
NATaT Legislative Update
(7/16/15) 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.