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Posted on: January 17, 2019

Turner civics students prepare to compete in statewide games

BELOIT - Turner High School's civics team, proudly known as the Underdogs, are hoping to spank some of the competition from suburban schools they will compete against in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's first Wisconsin Civics Games, set for Feb. 2.

Hillary Gavin, Beloit Daily News LWM in the News
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Sun Prairie named Wisconsin Active Together Community

Sun Prairie starts 2019 recognized as a Wisconsin Active Together Community to promote active lifestyles and for a pledge to foster health too.

The newly named Wisconsin Active Together Communities, now reaching 1.4 million Wisconsinites . . . .

Sun Prairie Star LWM in the News
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Future budgets loom for Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service

On Dec. 6, Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service Director Jessi Willenbring was working a 24-hour shift. Working extra or long hours have become frequent for Willenbring as the eight-municipality ambulance service has seen dwindling volunteers . . . .

David Clarey, River Towns Net LWM in the News
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Foxconn announces 1st-round winners in Smart Cities/Smart Futures Contest

Foxconn Technology Group has announced the selection of 88 first-round winners of the company’s Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition, an initiative that encourages the sharing of fresh ideas and unconventional thinking for the benefit of Wisconsin.

Michael Burke, The Journal Times LWM in the News
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Hartland Trustee Dick Landwehr, after serving for decades, decides he won't seek re-election

Longtime village trustee and Hartland public servant Dick Landwehr is not running for re-election after dedicating a lifetime of service to the village. Landwehr, 89, was first elected to the Hartland Village Board in 1962 and . . .

Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: December 10, 2018

Is 'Asset Recycling' A Fix for Wisconsin Infrastructure Needs?

Partnerships between private entities and public institutions can foster developments that would otherwise never get off the ground. Take, for instance, the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire — a $60 million, 142,000-square-foot arts . . .

Elizabeth Dohms, Wisconsin Public Radio News LWM in the News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Wisconsin lawmakers won't settle debate on liquor licenses for barn wedding venues

Lawmakers seeking to provide clarity to a longstanding debate over whether owners of barns rented for weddings must obtain liquor licenses won't try to settle the question with legislation.

Molly Beck Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Fox conn's 'smart cities' competition drew 325 submissions from Wisconsin colleges

Foxconn Technology Group received 325 submissions from students, faculty and staff from Wisconsin colleges and universities for the first round of its “Smart Cities-Smart Futures” competition, according to a company announcement.

Kelly Meyerhofer for LaCrosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: October 2, 2018

FCC Order on 5G Wireless Network Construction Concerns Some Wisconsin Cities

Local officials in Wisconsin say a Federal Communications Commission order aimed at helping build the next generation of high-speed, wireless internet is a giveaway to telecommunication companies that strips government of local control.

Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Walmart sues city over tax funds

MONROE — A well-known corporation has filed a lawsuit against the city to recover funds it claims the city took illegitimately through property taxes.

Bridget Cooke, Monroe Times LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

La Crosse area officials: Dark store loophole unfair to homeowners

What’s known as the dark store loophole unfairly shifts the tax burden from big box stores to homeowners and small businesses La Crosse’s elected officials said Monday during a town hall event with the area’s state representatives.

Jourdan Vian, La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: September 4, 2018

New Sauk County Attorney has been 'effective advocate' for local governments

As assistant counsel with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Daniel Olson spent his days providing guidance to local government attorneys. From his office in Madison, Olson took anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 phone calls each year . . . .

Tim Damos, Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: August 14, 2018

Development in cities, villages hit $5.6 billion in 2016, report shows

Development in Wisconsin’s 600 cities and villages hit $5.6 billion in 2016, marking the largest increase since the Great Recession, according to a recent report from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. But the benefits of economic development . . .

WisBusiness.Com LWM in the News
Posted on: July 30, 2018

Dary: Investment in the arts boosts state's economy

There are some truly amazing things going on in Wisconsin! There’s exciting growth in community engagement, reimagining of public spaces and our creative economy programs are stronger than ever. Wisconsin is poised to become a cultural magnet . . . .

Beth Dary Special to The Kenosha News, 7/26/28 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 23, 2018

Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart gets reassessed in dark store case

The city of Sturgeon Bay and Wal-Mart will head to mediation this fall to discuss the store’s current property assessment. Last September, the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed a suit against the city in Door County Circuit Court . . . .

Tim Kowols, Door County News, July 20, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Our Views: Times to End Disparity in Act 10

A June 27 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court helped bring Wisconsin police and firefighter unions closer to parity with the state’s other public-sector unions, but a major disparity remains—they still can collectively bargain.

GazetteXtra July 9, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Regional Arts Activity Highlighted at Rural Arts Forum

“Your stories are so inspiring.” commented MaryAnn Lippert after listening to reports about arts activity from eight northwest Wisconsin communities. Lippert is the director for the northern region of the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Harriet Rice, Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

State law change affects Lac La Belle

A state zoning law that some Town of Oconomowoc residents had hoped to use to block construction of a corporate headquarters adjacent to the Lac La Belle golf course has been repealed by the state Legislature. “That section was repealed by . . . .

Kelly Smith--Special to the Freeman LWM in the News
Posted on: July 10, 2018

Report sketches positive portrait of Wisconsin's 'creative' industry

Some want to grow Wisconsin’s economy by attracting companies that manufacture LCD panels or mine for frac sand, but a new report emphasizes the economic boost that comes from growing the “creative sector.” Arts Wisconsin--in partnership with the League

Lisa Neff, Wisconsin LWM in the News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Thiesfeldt Recognized by League of Wisconsin Municipalities

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities presented Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt with their Champion award at the Fond du Lac City Council this week. Thiesfeldt was recognized for his support of local municipal control on the state level . . .

News-Talk KFIZ am 1450 June 28, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

A Growing Arts Economy Highlights Creative Economy Week

While the arts are fun and creative, a state arts leader says the arts are also a growing component of an areas economy.

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin are partnering to make this Creative Economy Week. . . .

Ken Krall, WXPR Radio May 16, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Baraboo graces cover of statewide magazine

Baraboo currently graces a magazine cover as the model of an arts-friendly community. The May issue of The Municipality, published by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, features a photo of the Baraboo High School band performing during the . . . .

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Loss of Local Control a Hot Topic at Meeting

Damage in delivery of essential services by local government due to federal and state erosion of local control was the topic of discussion for about 50 participants at the American Legion Taphouse 138 in Viroqua on Tuesday, April 24.

Gillian Pomplun, Crawford County Independent LWM in the News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Growing Concern Over Dark Store Loophole

The “dark store” controversy now ranks with the failure to pay for long-term highway construction as the most difficult issues facing the governor and legislators seeking reelection in November.

Steven Walters for Urban Milwaukee April 23, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Democratic legislators committed to closing ‘dark store loophole’

State Rep. Jimmy Anderson and other Democratic legislators are assuring Dane County Board members and other local officials of their commitment to legislation that would close the “dark store loophole” used by big box retailers to lower their tax. . .

The Herald Independent April 4, 2018 LWM in the News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Bill would save municipalities money

A bill co-authored by 25th Dist. State Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, would allow municipal officials to serve as election officials. The bill has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits Gov. Scott Walker’s signature.

Bob Zientara, Barron News-Shield LWM in the News
Posted on: March 8, 2018

Homeowner's tax assessment will drop $800000 after court deems backyard trees agriculture

Plant the right kinds of trees in your backyard and you could save oodles on your property tax bill, after the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in favor of a Town of Delafield resident.

Bruce Vielmetti, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: February 22, 2018

Is a Last-Minute Bill to Help Developers that’s Being Jammed through the Legislature Going to Create

At first glance, Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 770 (AB 770) looks to be a standard piece of Republican-sponsored legislation meant to clear away regulations on new housing projects. The legislation reads almost like a developer’s wish list.

Dan Shaw, Shepherd Express LWM in the News
Posted on: February 22, 2018

WalMart Wants Tax Refund Due to "Dark Store Theory"

Wal-mart is contesting the property assessment of its Minocqua store, contending the property is worth much less and thus it’s due a refund of thousands of dollars it paid in property taxes.

Dean S. Acheson, WXPR Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: February 19, 2018

City takes on 'dark store' tax strategy

MENOMONIE — The City Council may take action Monday on a resolution that would ask the state Legislature to act on ending “dark store” strategies in the city and state.

As defined by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, “dark store theory” is . . . .

Ben Rueter Leader-Telegram LWM in the News
Posted on: February 6, 2018

Green Bay Looks to Hire Someone to Address Rat Problem

Workers with the City of Green Bay are hearing a lot of complaints about rats on the west side of town. Another hire is needed to address the growing rodent problem, says Bill Paape, the city's neighborhood development manager. . . .

Patty Murray, Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: February 6, 2018

Sauk City begins wheel tax discussions

Communities across Wisconsin have been struggling to fund much needed infrastructure repair as state lawmakers allocate less and less of the state budget for roads, according to the state DOT. This has led many small communities to . . . .

Autumn Luedke, Sauk City Eagle LWM in the News
Posted on: January 24, 2018

Domestic abuse advocates concerned bill favors landlord rights over those of tenants

As a new landlord-tenant bill aimed at decreasing costs for landlords makes its way through the Wisconsin Legislature, advocates for domestic abuse victims are concerned with many of the bill’s provisions.

Haley Cleghorn, The Badger Herald LWM in the News
Posted on: January 17, 2018

Legislation to Allow Municipal Officials to Serve as Election Officials Passes State Assembley

Today, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 85, authored by Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Representative Ed Brooks (R- Reedsburg), and Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), to allow municipal officials to serve as election officials.

State Rep. Lisa Subeck Urban Milwaukee LWM in the News
Posted on: January 11, 2018

Wisconsin Mulls Limiting Pro-Worker Local Ordinances

Business and labor clashed Wednesday over a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime, benefits, and . . .

Scott Bauer, Beloit Daily News LWM in the News
Posted on: January 8, 2018

Portage Historic Preservation panel faces participation challenges

Erin Foley says she’s history. Doug Klapper, chairman of the city of Portage’s Historic Preservation Commission, says he’ll believe it when he sees a resignation letter from Foley, who says she’s been on the commission since 2008.

Lyn Jerde, Portage Daily Register LWM in the News
Posted on: January 2, 2018

Top 10: State law signed on eminent domain proceedings

It’s been a long fight for Bay City resident David Meixner, and he is tired. But he refuses to give up in the battle to save what he says is his land from eminent domain proceedings.

Sarah Nigbor, Pierce County Herald LWM in the News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

Dark store 'loophole' could be on the way out in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin tax loophole exploited by big box stores could soon be closed if two newly introduced bills get passed into law. Senate Bills 291 and 292 would change the way properties are assessed to prevent businesses from being assessed . . . .

Dominic Lynch, LWM in the News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

Republican Lawmakers favor Municipal Power Restriction

If the Republican lawmakers of Wisconsin have their way, municipalities in the state could lose all their regulatory power, like the ability to conduct systematic building inspections. These possible new bills are being sponsored by. . .

Danny Abramov, Financial Buzz LWM in the News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

Wisconsin roundup: Group says proposed change would protect bad landlords

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities opposes plans by Republican state lawmakers to limit the regulatory powers of city governments. The Senate Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade held a hearing at the Capitol Wednesday. The change would end. . .

River Falls Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

Senate committee hears testimony on GOP bills that would change tenant-landlord relationship, limit

While sponsors of Republican legislation argue it would promote affordable housing and create a fair rental housing market, others say it would tilt power more toward landlords and limit municipal powers.

Abigal Becker, The Cap Times LWM in the News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

Wisconsin 'dark store' cases threaten to hike your property taxes

Appleton Post-Crescent -- Large chain-store retailers are trying to cut their property assessments by more than $700 million across Wisconsin — potentially forcing other taxpayers to pay more to fund local public services, a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin...

Madeleine Behr, Doug Schneider and Haley BeMiller LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Dark Store Day Shines Light on Corporate Loophole

Local municipal leaders supported by the Wisconsin League of Municipalities urged people to contact their state representatives on Monday, Dec. 11, Dark Store Day.
Dark Store Day was formed from a growing concern . . . .

Ben Rogers, The Press LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

City leaders gather in Ashwaubenon for "dark store day"

Mayors and village presidents from Brown County and the Fox Valley gathered for "Dark Store Day," a day created to raise awareness to the dark store loophole.
It's a tax avoidance strategy by commercial retailers such as Menards, Walgreens, and CVS . . .

Jordan Lamers, LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

In Ashwaubenon, cities and villages demand legislature close dark-stores loophole

Local leaders from Oshkosh to Howard gathered in Brown County on Monday to demand state lawmakers change a law that they say shifts property tax burdens from chain retailers to homeowners and small businesses.

Doug Schneider USA TODAY NETWORK Green Bay Gazette LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Dark Store Day: 19 mayors speak out against tax loophole that allows some big box retailers to pay l

Nineteen city and village mayors, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, December 11th spoke out against so-called "dark store" practices. The mayors called it a tax loophole that allows big box retailers to pay millions less in taxes . . . .

Jonathon Gregg, Fox 6 LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Village Board reschedules vote on Foxconn bills

It may be a case of semantics, but the Village of Mount Pleasant is playing it safe when it comes to paying the bills related to the Foxconn Technology Group development project. On Dec. 4, the village’s Finance/Legal/License Committee recommended . . .

Ricardo Torres, The Journal Times LWM in the News
Posted on: December 13, 2017

State GOP lawmakers seek to limit municipal powers

State Republican lawmakers want to further limit the regulatory powers of Madison and other municipalities, including the ability to do systematic building inspections.
Two bills sponsored by Sen. Frank Lasee, R-DePere, and Rep. Rob Brooks . . . .

Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: December 11, 2017

Eau Claire lawsuit over development subsidies takes on statewide impact, draws in Milwaukee, Foxconn

A lawsuit pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court involves a project in downtown Eau Claire, and its outcome will either reinforce or wipe out local governments’ main tool for financing large developments, including Foxconn Technology Group’s plant.

Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: December 11, 2017

In stagnant Wisconsin communities, rising public service costs could be problematic

Wisconsin municipalities know all too well what it means to do more with less, and they have for about the last decade. It all has to do with property tax levy limits.

Emilie Heidemann, Lodi Enterprise LWM in the News