Legislative Update
May 15, 2015
A Legislative Update outline of the 2015-16 session is on our legislative page: http://dev.w...[Click for more]

Assessment Resolution
Feb 26, 2015
On the website re: proposed county assessment: press release, talking points and a sample resolut...[Click for more]

County Assessment/BOR
Feb 18, 2015
Now on the website, a press release statement in opposition to the budget proposal eliminating lo...[Click for more]

WTA announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities
Nov 21, 2014
Wisconsin Towns Association announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities - see full agenda on WTA hom...[Click for more]

Voter Photo ID is OFF for fall
Oct 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court halted WI voter photo ID for election on 11/4/14. WTA Convention includes a 3 ...[Click for more]


2015 Town Officials Workshops

(4/10/15) UW-Extension Local Government Center is holding 11 day-long workshops around Wisconsin from May 5th through June 4th, so one will be near you. Two tracks are featured, one designed for new officials and the other designed for continuing officials. However, any attendee may go to whichever portion they like. Please click on the link below to see the locations, itinerary and registration form:

     2015 TOW Brochure

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.

     WTA Sample Resolution Opposing Proposed County Assessment

     WTA Press Release on Assessment/BOR Proposal

     WTA Executive Director Mike Koles' talking points

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. 

2015 WTA Scholarship Competition

(1/16/15) CLICK HERE for a brochure describing the rules for the 2014 Wisconsin Towns Association Scholarship Program, funded together with our scholarship partners Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Scott Construction, Inc. All applicants must be graduating from a Wisconsin public or private high school in 2015 and plan to attend a Wisconsin public or private college or vocational technical institute in 2015. Several prizes will be awarded.

This year's topic is: "Why is town road investment important to economic development in Wisconsin?" The deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2015. Good luck to all applicants! CLICK HERE for the application form to be sent in together with the essay and CLICK HERE if you would like to see the cover letter sent to schools.

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:

     A press release on the report

     A copy of the full LGI report

     A 3-minute video commissioned to summarize the topic

     The press conference on Wisconsin Eye

     LGI Board Member Bill Mielke's interview on Wisconsin Eye

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:

      Opening of New Propane Terminal in Wisconsin

     Governor Scott Walker Announces Plan to Help Fill Propane Tanks Early for 25,000 Households through State Heating Program

      Buying Propane - Consumer Tips

      Reliable Home Heating Act Signed 

     Midwestern Governor's Association Propane Working Group

     USDA Rural Development Grant Program for Farmers

     Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Press Release Regarding Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Comprehensive update from the Dept. of Administration 4-4-14

     Update from the Governor's Office on Available Resources 2-10-14

     Utilities to Provide Propane to Help Low Income Citizens 2-20-14

     State Donates an Additional $500,000 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund 4-11-14

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.


Calendar of Events

Jun 01, 2015, Mon 08:00pm
Jun 02, 2015, Tue 07:00pm
Jun 04, 2015, Thu 07:00pm
Jun 04, 2015, Thu 07:00pm
Jun 17, 2015, Wed 07:30pm
Oct 25, 2015, Sun All Day