Posted on: June 22, 2017

City to state: Hurry up on 'dark store' legislation

The City of Sheboygan is throwing its support behind Wisconsin lawmakers’ efforts to pass “dark store” legislation that could affect how much state businesses pay in local property taxes.

McLean Bennett USA Today Network WI
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Bills to Stop Big Retailers from Reducing their Property Tax Wins Wide Support

The Village of Pleasant Prairie, along with scores of other Wisconsin municipalities, have expressed their vehement support for two bills to be introduced Monday in the State Legislature to fight attempts by big box retailers to reduce their property tax.

By Long Hwa-shu for theYOUJournal
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Wisconsin Expected to Tackle Dark Store Controvery

Wisconsin lawmakers will be asked to remedy two gaps in the property tax code that could shift much of the local tax burden from big box retailers such as Lowes Cos. Inc., Home Depot Inc. and . . .

April 6, 2017 Bloomberg BNA
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

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WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

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Posted on: March 30, 2017

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OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to . . . .

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

David Shorr, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 23, 2017

Appleton city assessor wants to close “dark store” loophole costing taxpayers money

February 22, 2017 The city of Appleton is trying to close a Wisconsin tax loophole that could be costing average taxpayers money. It’s called the dark store method, and it allows big box stores to lower their property tax assessment. . .

Brittany Schmidt for WBAY
Posted on: February 21, 2017

County Board Asks State Lawmakers to Address Business Tax Loopholes

Washington County officials have expressed their support regarding a measure that has impacted one municipality and has the potential to affect others throughout the nation. Members of the County Board of Supervisors approved an advisory resolution...

by Ralph Chapoco, West Bend Daily News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

'Dark store' cases could cost millions in taxes

February 13, 2017 HOWARD - An aggressive move by some major retail chains is putting homeowners in parts of Brown County and a number of other areas of Wisconsin at risk of a property tax jump in the coming years.

Doug Schneider , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

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February 13, 2017 With a resolution recently adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, the city joins municipalities across the state, and nation, in a fight against a legal loophole allowing large corporations to massively reduce their property taxes.

By Graham Kilmer for Urban Milwaukee
Posted on: January 27, 2017

‘Dark store’ loophole gains foothold

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AP Wire Reports

The Mining Journal
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Big-Box Stores Battle Local Governments Over Property Taxes

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Governing
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Boxed In

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A highly informative documentary film explaining the complex, yet devastating “Dark Store” tax loophole issue facing Wisconsin communities. This is a hot topic the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has been fighting for more than a ye...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Brookfield sends message to combat big retail loopholes

By Geoff Bruce December 7, 2016
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Brookfield Elm Grove Now
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Cities brood over 'dark store' tax lawsuits

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By Nate Beck December 26, 2016
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USA Network-Wisconsin
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Dark store theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

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By Brittany Shannon Fox 6 News December 4, 2016
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Fox 6 News
Posted on: January 27, 2017

How Big-Box Retailers Weaponize Old Stores

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Shannon Pettypiece December 8, 2016
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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Lowe's lawsuits could start chain reaction; loss of state revenue 'unconscionable'

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By John Sharp AL.com
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AL.com
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

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By Rick Romell January 14, 2017Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Should Lowe's 'dark store' strategy in Texas concern D-FW taxpayers?

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Maria Halkas September 12, 2016
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Dallas News
Posted on: January 27, 2017

West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes

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Posted on: June 18, 2017

AARP Community Challenge Grants - Deadline Extended

AARP Community Challenge Grant

To help support communities and create change in both AARP age-friendly network and non-network communities, AARP plays several key roles, including advocating on important issues, engaging citizens, providing resources and expertise, and serving as a cat...

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

New UW-Extension Local Government Center Website & Brand

LGC Website

Whether you are looking for an answer to a specific question, or just curious about Wisconsin local government generally, the Center’s website contains important resources including Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, Papers, Reports and more. Many o...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

League's 119th Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Almost Sold Out

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The League’s Annual Conference draws hundreds of Wisconsin’s elected officials and staff and helps make connections to the companies and organizations that provide the services and products that help them do their jobs even better.  

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

The League and WCA's Joint Testimony on AB 277/SB 218

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The League of Wisconsin Municipalities (LWM) and the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) have vigorously opposed prior efforts to repeal Wisconsin’s personal property tax. The opposition to prior efforts was due to lack of a plan to reimburse local. . .

May 24, 2017 Curt Witynski and Kyle Christianson
Posted on: May 31, 2017

League Testimony on AB 348

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May 30, 2017 CURT WITYNSKI: I'm testifying this afternoon for information purposes only on AB 348. The bill contains changes to state law that we like, but also contains limitations on municipal authority about which we have concerns.

To Assembly Committee on Jobs & the Economy
Posted on: April 17, 2017

SB 94

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Making a technical change to the process by which a mayor is to inform council members that a special meeting has been called.

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

AB 27

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Multiple Jurisdiction Health Departments Clean-Up Bill

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

AB 70

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Allowing Municipalities to Publish Meeting Minutes on the Municipality’s Web Site in lieu of the Official Newspaper

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

SB 48

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Allowing Financial Assistance Programs for Replacement of Lead Service Laterals

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Posted on: May 22, 2017

Municipal Authority Over Real Property Inspections and Registrations Recently Limited

Many municipalities have property registration and inspection ordinances to ehlp ensure that they have important information regarding buildings within the municipality . . .

Claire Silverman, the Municipality April 2017
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Parliamentary Procedure for Local Officials

It is a pretty good guess that most Wisconsin city councils, village boards and their sub-units utilize Robert's Rules of Order as the rules of procedure for their respective body even though no state law requires they be utilized. . . .

Daniel Olson the Municipality June 2017
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Recent Decision in Case Challenging Sex Offender Residency Regulations Yields Important Lessons

Many municipalities have enacted ordinances regulating the residency of sex offenders. Such ordinances typically prohibit sex offenders, or a certain class of sex offenders, from living within a certain distance of prohibited locations.

Claire Silverman, League-L E-Newsletter 4/28/17
Posted on: March 8, 2017

Title II of the ADA: Ensuring Services and Programs are Accessible to Those with Disabilities

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination and is meant to ensure equal opportunity
for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities. . . .

by Claire Silverman March 2017
Posted on: March 8, 2017

Wisconsin Park Boards: Roles, Responsibilities & Rulemaking

The spotlight and attention in Wisconsin city and village government is most often focused on city councils, village boards, planning commissions, community development authorities, and similar governmental bodies with the legal authority . . . .

by Daniel Olson March 2017
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Dealing with Common Winter Issues

In a 1984 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, former Justice Louis Ceci penned, “Snow is ubiquitous in the state of Wisconsin during the winter months…”1 Although snow does not seem to be quite as “ubiquitous” in Wisconsin during the winter months . . . .

by Claire Silverman January 2017
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Social Host Ordinances Should be Reviewed

In recent years, many municipalities have enacted social host ordinances aimed at preventing adults from hosting underage drinking parties at private homes. Certain provisions in those ordinances are likely unenforceable. . .

by Claire Silverman January 2017
Posted on: March 7, 2017

When must body provide notice under open meeting law that its members are attending other meetings?

League attorneys have received many questions about correspondence sent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office of Open Government to Winnebago County relating to whether it is necessary to provide notice under the open meetings. . . .

by Claire Silverman February 2017
Posted on: December 19, 2016

Cats, Rats, Courts and the Constitution

A federal court decision might be notable simply because it begins with, “Rats. This case is about rats. Giant, inflatable rats . . . Cats too – inflatable fat cats, wearing business suits and pinkie rings, strangling workers.”

Daniel Olson December 2016
Posted on: December 19, 2016

Municipal Authority to Regulate Drones

In the past year, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, has proliferated with affordable models making the popular technology increasingly accessible to both commercial and recreational users.

by Claire Silverman November 2016
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Alcohol Law Changes Allow Municipalities to License Wine/Beer Walks

Wisconsin statutes regulating alcohol, and more specifically temporary beer and
wine licenses, were recently modified to include chambers of commerce among
the organizations eligible for Temporary Class B beer and wine licenses. . . .

January 2016 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Court Upholds Bus Rule Prohibiting Weapons

Wisconsin Carry, Inc., a self-described “gun rights organization,” sought a declaratory judgment that a rule prohibiting persons from traveling in city buses with weapons. . . .

October 2015 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Disciplinary Process - Police and Fire Commission

Police officers and firefighters manage difficult and often dangerous situations. Fortunately, most protective services employees are dedicated public servants,
and smaller communities may see years go by without need for formal disciplinary
action...

October 2015 Paul Schwarzenbart
Posted on: November 23, 2016

On Rehearing, Court Concludes Anti-Panhandling Ordinance is Content Based

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently agreed to
rehear a case challenging the constitutionality of a city’s anti-panhandling
ordinance in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, 135
S.Ct. 2887 (2015) . . . .

November 2015 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Rental Property Inspection and Registration Program's Notice Requirement Preempted

La Crosse landlords challenged a city ordinance requiring landlords to
participate in an inspection and registration program, asserting that the
ordinance was preempted by Wis. Stat. sec. 66.0104. The circuit court rejected
the landlords’ arguments.

October 2015 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Sign Regulation and Reed v. town of Gilbert

One of the most perplexing local government policy areas is sign regulation.
The difficulties arise from sometimes incomprehensible free speech decisions
by courts and the uncertain impacts on regulation programs that seek to control
signs . . . .

November 2015 Daniel M. Olson
Posted on: November 23, 2016

What Was in the State Budget Affecting Municipalities?

On July 12, Governor Walker signed the 2015-2017 state budget bill into law as Act 55. Municipalities came out fairly well considering the state’s fiscal condition and the political dynamics in the state capitol.

September 2015 Curt Witynski
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Beware the Liability Boogeyman

When it comes to opposing governmental decision-making,
“boogeyman” threats are not just the stuff of bedtime stories.

May 2016 Matt Dregne and Kyle Engelke
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Changes to FLSA Overtime Laws Now Predicted for Late 2016

Last July, the United States Department of Labor (DOL or Department) proposed
updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing
the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to executive,
administrative, and . . . .

February 2016 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Election Law Changes Impacting You and Your Municipality

This article summarizes recent developments related to election administration and campaign finance laws which will be in effect for the first time in 2016.

February 2016 Michael Haas
Posted on: November 22, 2016

The 2015-16 Legislative Session Turned Out Well for Municipalities

Thanks to increased lobbying efforts by municipal officials, the 2015-2016 legislative session was one of the best for municipalities in years. Dozens of items helpful to cities and villages . . . .

May 2016 Curt Witynski
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Wisconsin's Recreational Immunity Statute: How Much Protection Does it Offer?

Many Wisconsin municipalities own property used to provide residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation. These include municipal parks, playgrounds, pools, beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, skating rinks, hills used for sledding . . . .

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Municipal Home Rule In Wisconsin

Common council and village board members may find
it helpful to have a general understanding of municipal authority. The general rule is that municipalities are creatures of the state and have only the powers given them. . . .

June 2016 Claire Silverman
Posted on: November 15, 2016

Constitutional Home Rule Authority Diminished

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that the City of Milwaukee’s longstanding charter ordinance1 requiring city employees to reside in the city is unenforceable following the legislature’s enactment of Wis. Stat. § 66.0502 . . .

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

DPPA Exemption Authorizes Release of Unredacted Uniform Traffic Accident Reports

For several years now, law enforcement record custodians have been navigating difficult, uncharted terrain when responding to requests under Wisconsin’s public records law for law enforcement records

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

FLSA Overtime Changes Take Effect December 1, 2016

. . . the United States Department of Labor has promulgated new regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to certain “exempt” employees.

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

Significant Changes to FLSA Overtime Laws Effective December 1, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced its Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements . . .

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Alderman Johnson Represents Milwaukee at Local Government Day

Cavalier Johnson, Alderman of the 2nd District, joined local government officials and staff from across the state for the First Annual Local Government and Utility Day on May 10 in Madison. City and village officials, as well as municipal . . .

Milwaukee Independent May 15, 2017
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Health Alliance Brings Together Statewide Partners

Across Wisconsin, opportunities to live a long, healthy life are not shared equally by all. Many of Wisconsin’s health outcomes lag behind national averages, and the state is home to some of the most extreme health disparities in the nation.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Wisconsin business lobby fights funding plan to remove lead from drinking water

April 19, 2017 Wisconsin’s business lobby spoke out publicly Tuesday against a bipartisan legislative proposal to replace thousands of underground pipes that leach toxic lead into drinking water.

Steven Verburg Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: April 17, 2017

Groups soliciting nominations

April 14, 2017 The Wisconsin Economic Development Association along with award partners--the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are soliciting nominations . . . .

Jennifer McBride La Crosse Tribune
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Transportation Shakeup Leaves Local Governments Wondering What's Next

April 10, 2017 The decision by state lawmakers to set aside Gov. Scott Walker's transportation budget has left county, city and town government leaders wondering what's next, especially since they would have been among the biggest winners . . . .

Shawn Johnson for WPR News
Posted on: March 30, 2017

WHEDA and League of Wisconsin Municipalities launch new partnership

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities (the League) are joining together in a new partnership designed to help municipalities learn more about and gain access to WHEDA financing tools.

WHEDA
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers

Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the "social host" loophole . . . .

CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press
Posted on: March 24, 2017

States Challenge Retailers on Dark Store Loophole for Tax Assessments

When it comes to negotiating fair property values, commercial real estate professionals and state officials have generally managed the process by knowing when to compromise and when to push back forcefully. . . .

Donna Mitchell for National Real Estate Investor
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Dark Store Theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

Local municipalities are losing millions each year, and thousands of dollars are being spent on legal fees. It's an issue that's been steadily creeping into Wisconsin -- big box stores appealing their assessed values to pay lower property taxes.

Brittany Shannon, Fox 6 News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

February 13, 2017 - With a resolution recently adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, the city joins municipalities across the state, and nation, in a fight against a legal loophole allowing large corporations to massively reduce their property taxes.

Graham Kilmer--Urban Milwaukee
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers file successful legal challenges to tax assessment

Some big-box retailers in Wisconsin have successfully challenged their tax assessments by claiming they should pay the same rate as a store that's closed and remains vacant.

The Star (Sun Prairie)
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

January 24, 2017 - To Menard Inc., the store it opened in the Village of Howard in 2012 is worth $5.8 million — roughly the amount the Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer believes it would fetch if it were closed and sold off as an empty shell. . .

Rick Romell for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted on: March 13, 2017

WNA testifies against Assembly Bill 70

MADISON — Representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association on Wednesday testified before the state Assembly Committee on Local Government to oppose a bill that would do-away with the newspaper publication of local government meeting minutes.

March 9, 2017 - Burnett County Sentinel
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Reedsburg leaders participate in Lobby Day

The city administrator and 2 aldermen from Reedsburg have made their voices heard in Madison. Stephen Compton, as well as Common Council members Calvin Craker and Jason Schulte, joined the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ Lobby Day on Feb. 22.

Heather Stanek, Reedsburg Times Press
Posted on: February 20, 2017

Few challengers in local primary elections

February 19, 2017 When Keir Dvorachek filed his candidacy for Appleton District 15 alderman, he expected competitors to emerge. But that didn't happen. While he can rest a bit easier knowing he's alone on the ballot this spring, a challenger . . .

Madeleine Behr , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 20, 2017

Mayor Esser participates in League’s ‘Lobby Day’

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February 19, 2017 Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser met with State 46th Assembly Rep. Gary Hebl of Sun Prairie and State Senator Mark Miller at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to advocate on behalf of the City of Sun Prairie.

The Star (Sun Prairie)
Posted on: February 17, 2017

As Wisconsin Legislature Debates Roads, Local Officials Make Economic Development Case

February 16, 2017A recent survey of officials from the nearly 600 Wisconsin cities and villages belonging to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities shows economic development is the top priority of the group. Executive Director Jerry Deschane said . . .

John Davis, Wisconsin Public Radio
Posted on: February 17, 2017

FOX 11 Investigates: Should government legal notices still be published in newspapers?

Flip open a newspaper and you may find a section of legal notices. They've been around since at least the 1800s. "It's a system that's worked for a lot of years and it still does work," said Beth Wenzel, fourth-generation owner . . . ."

by Robert Hornacek, Fox 11 News
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scott Walker's proposed budget largely a 'status quo' for Madison, municipalities

February 10, 2017 Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget largely offers status quo funding for the city of Madison, with new funding for transportation and concerns about some specifics like a cap on historic tax credit resources.

Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: February 3, 2017

Bill would let utilities offer loans to replace lead pipes

February 2, 2017 People who want to replace lead service lines into their homes and businesses could seek loans from utilities under a proposal in the Wisconsin Senate.

By CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press
Posted on: January 30, 2017

Lobbyist's legislative agenda hits close to home for Baraboo

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January 26, 2017 Baraboo is hardly alone in its struggles with road repairs, tax assessments and cell tower sites. On Tuesday, the executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities laid out for the City Council his organization’s legislative...

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic
Posted on: January 23, 2017

"Dark Store" Loophole Threatens Local Tax Dollars

Large retailers are using a legal tax loophole to challenge their property tax assessments, the latest one affecting the city of Rhinelander. The city was notified January 11, that Menards has filed a claim of excessive assessment . . .

WSAU News January 22, 2017
Posted on: January 5, 2017

Cities brood over 'dark store' tax lawsuits

Big-box retailers are suing Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and other Wisconsin cities to lower their property tax load with a legal loophole that opponents say will cause cities to raise residential taxes to make up the difference.

Nate Beck, USA Network-Wisconsin
Posted on: January 5, 2017

Cities Look To Voters, Other Revenue Sources To Fund Services

The leader of one northern Wisconsin city says they will be relying more on tax revenues it brings in from an oil terminal to help balance its budget in the future. Some cities are trying to find ways to maintain the same level of services. . .

WPR News December 22, 2016
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Climate Corner: Wisconsin’s Most Innovative Counties and Municipalities Join Together

November 22, 2016 A diverse group of Wisconsin cities, villages and counties have joined with the Department of Natural Resources and several nonprofit organizations to help each other advance sustainability goals.

Curt Witynski for Door County Pulse

Posted on: May 9, 2017

State's Business Lobby Blocking Efforts to Remove Lead from Water

The business lobbying group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) agrees that lead is dangerous to human health, particularly children's, and that lead water pipes serving family homes in municipalities across the state should be replaced. WMC . . .

Curt Witynski Editorial in the Cap Times

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Celebrate Creative Economy Week Throughout Wisconsin, May 13-20

Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are partnering to celebrate the second annual Creative Economy Week, May 13-20, a week-long celebration of the power, impact and benefits of the arts, creativity and culture in Wisconsin . . .

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

Best practices program for Madison landlords on its way to City Council

Madison used to have a number of ordinances guiding landlord behavior, but over the past six years, the state Legislature nullified many of them. Now, a landlord “best practices” program aiming to reinforce the policies in those ordinances . . .

Lisa Speckhard for The Capital Times 3/22/2017

Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed.

The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network
Posted on: April 21, 2017

Walgreens loses tax lawsuit that could have cost Kentucky schools millions

The Kentucky Supreme Court declined this month to hear an appeal brought by Walgreens Co., presumably ending a longstanding legal battle between the pharmacy chain and Fayette County officials that threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars . . .

Valarie Honeycutt Spears Lexington Herald Leader
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

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WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

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Posted on: March 30, 2017

Let there be light

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OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to. . .

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

David Shorr, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 27, 2017

Another Milwaukee area Walgreens store building sold

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Cudahay Walgreens building sells for twice its assessed value.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Can Walgreen Stance on Property Tax Hurt Income Tax Position of 1031 Investors?

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Is Walgreen Co. v City of Oshkosh a case that could have broad reaching tax implications?

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Retailers accused of bullying cities into lowering property tax assessments

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Community and business leaders often tout how new commercial developments will increase the local tax base. But two recent court rulings are eating into that idea — and other property owners may feel the tax bite.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Walgreens and CVS Declare War on Property Taxes

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Walgreens boasts convenient locations, a wide array of products, and a killer tax strategy.

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