Gov signs 4 WTA bills!
Nov 12, 2015
Including legal notices on Internet sites effective Friday Nov. 13. See more details on the WTA w...[Click for more]

Updated IOH Ordinances
Oct 02, 2015
If your town wants to either change to or remain in IOH Options B, C, D or E then pass an updated...[Click for more]

ACA compliance
Jun 23, 2015
The notice regarding ACA compliance that was in the May & June newsletters is now online. Tow...[Click for more]

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]


2015 Frac Sand Mining Workshop

(11/18/15) A Frac Sand Mining Workshop will be held on Monday, December 14th, 2015 at The Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire. The goal of this daylong event is to provide an opportunity for local officials and citizens to learn about emerging issues and effective tools for managing frac sand mining development in their communities. The conference will focus on presentations from independent professionals who are working directly with local governments and on providing a forum for local officials and citizens to share experiences and information. The workshop is co-hosted by WTA and Wisconsin Farmers Union. WTA will handle your registration and instructions for sending it in are on the form below.
                    Event Flyer     Workshop Agenda     Registration Form

Governor Signs Four
WTA Bills Into Law

(11/12/15) On Wednesday November 11th the Governor signed four WTA bills into law. The bills have publication dates of November 12th, meaning that they are state law as of Friday, November 13th. Details of the four are:

2015 Wisconsin Act 79: publication of certain legal notices on an Internet site maintained by a municipality. This bill provides a new option, not a mandate, for situations where towns and villages can already post legal notices in three physical locations in the jurisdiction. The new option is that these types of legal notices may also be posted in one physical location in the jurisdiction if also placed on an Internet site maintained by the local government.

2015 Wisconsin Act 96: authorizing towns to participate in multijurisdictional tax incremental financing districts. Previously this was prohibited.

2015 Wisconsin Act 105: limitations on town expenditures for certain highway purposes. This law eliminates the Wis. Stat. s. 82.03(2) requirement to have the town electors approve the highway expenditure line item of the budget. This requirement  was unique to towns and had become severely outdated and cumbersome. The electors retain all other authorities such as approval of the town levy, etc.

2015 Wisconsin Act 113: ambulance staffing by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and first responders. This law provides greater flexibility as no longer will only two EMTs be required to staff ambulances.

2015 68th Annual WTA Convention
Workshop Materials Available

(11/1715) The 68th Annual WTA Convention was from Sunday October 25th through Tuesday October 27th at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Thanks to all who came! Linked below are the materials from various presentations at the convention:

1. Best Management Practices & Permitting of Municipal Transportation Projects (Culverts):
     Part 1     Part 2     BMPs for Culverts     Transportation Liaison Contact Info 

2. Recycling Responsible Unit (RU) Basics, Program Efficiencies and Update 
3. Basic Principals of Alcohol Beverage Licensing in Wisconsin: New Laws You Need to Know 
4. Government Accountability Board Election Training 
5. Basics of a Good Rural Road
     Characteristics of a Well Built Road
     Traffic Safety and Traffic Engineering
     Road Maintenance and Operations
     Car v. Truck Esals

6. UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center
     Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders
     Broadband Funding Opportunities
     Kotter's 8 Steps of Change
7. Implements of Husbandry
8. Why Should Our Town Have an Audit?
9. Environmental TID Open Doors to Redevelopment
10. The Public Lands Survey System 
11. Planning From the Outside-In

Updated IOH Ordinances Now Available

(10/2/15) The original Implements of Husbandry law came into being with 2013 Wisconsin Act 377. However, the law was significantly updated with 2015 Wisconsin Act 15. Act 15 changed several things, including the use of trailers to transport Implements of Husbandry (IOHs) and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (Ag CMVs). A new classification of Ag CMV called a Type 1 was also created to give some Ag CMVs the same legal treatment as Category B IOHs.

If your town currently is under Option F, the default under the law, and you want to remain under Option F you do not need to do anything at this time. 

Any town that wants either to change to or even to simply stay in an existing Option B, C, D or E, is urged to adopt an updated ordinance prior to November 30 of this year. Act 15 moved up the deadline to adopt different options to November 30 of the prior year. Sample ordinances are available in word format by clicking on it below:

     Option B Total Opt Out
     Option C Set Higher Limits on All Highways
     Option D Set Higher Limits on Specified Highways
     Option E Opt In (apply axle limitations to Category B IOHs & Type 1 Ag CMVs)

The Department of Transportation's Internet site on the IOH law is here:

There is an upcoming WisLine presentation including the recent changes to the IOH law on October 12. For more information on that, please CLICK HERE.

Finally, please note that there will be two workshops at the upcoming WTA Convention also covering the recent changes to the IOH law.

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

(7/16/15) The Governor signed the 2015-17 state budget, now 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, on July 12, 2015. The Governor's veto message describes the 104 vetoes that he made. WTA analysis is underway.

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:

     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

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.


Calendar of Events

Nov 30, 2015, Mon 08:00pm
Nov 30, 2015, Mon 07:00pm
Nov 30, 2015, Mon 07:00pm
Dec 01, 2015, Tue 07:00pm
Dec 04, 2015, Fri 07:30pm
Dec 17, 2015, Thu 07:00pm