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 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 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


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: December 14, 2016

Jerry Deschane: Ask community members to run for office

Wisconsin not only has a workforce shortage, but in many cases it also has a candidate shortage. According to the 2016 State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Report. . . most local government positions have one or fewer candidates on the ballot

Jerry Deschane for The Chippewa Herald
Posted on: December 8, 2016

Brookfield sends message to combat big retail loopholes

Brookfield’s aldermen unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night that urged Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature to close loopholes that are causing property taxes in many municipalities to be shifted more onto the shoulders of residents. . .

Geoff Bruce, Brookfield Elmgrove NOW
Posted on: December 6, 2016

WECC's Energy Finance Solutions Launches PACE Wisconsin Program

WECC's Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) has launched PACE Wisconsin, a statewide program which enables commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements.

Marketwired - December 05, 2016
Posted on: December 5, 2016

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: November 28, 2016

Ashland Mayor Lewis Appointed to League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board

Ashland, WI – Mayor Debra Lewis was recently appointed to the League of Wisconsin
Municipalities Board of Directors. The 16-member League Board is responsible for
setting the strategic direction for the League.

The Wheeler Report
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: November 18, 2016

City of Sturgeon Bay Supports “Just Fix it WI” Initiative

November 16, 2017 The Sturgeon Bay City Council went on record in support of the statewide initiative of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities urging the governor and state legislature to agree upon a sustainable solution . . .

Roger Levendusky for WDOR 93.9 FM
Posted on: November 14, 2016

Fix state's roads, transportation budget

November 12, 2016 “Just Fix It” was echoed from every corner of the state on Sept. 29 when thousands of local government leaders and concerned citizens brought attention to an issue that has moved to the forefront on their “to do” list . . .

Mark O'Connell,, Daily Tribune
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Many local races around Wisconsin have few candidates

November 4, 2016 As Election Day nears, races for local offices in many parts of Wisconsin aren't drawing much attention. That's because there aren't many candidates.

Madison, WI (AP)
Posted on: November 7, 2016

West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes

John Ehlke, Daily News

November 2, 2016 . . . aldermen and Mayor Kraig Sadownikow voted to approve a resolution asking Gov. Scott Walker and state legislators to protect residential property owners and independent business owners from a potential tax increase . . .

Ralph Chapoco, Daily News
Posted on: October 10, 2016

Two Dozen Attend Turnout for Transporation

October 10, 2016 Calumet County Highway Commissioner Brian Glaeser thanked the nearly two dozen people who attended the Turnout for Transportation meeting held Thursday evening at the Calumet County Courthouse.

Tri-County News
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Learn about Green Tier Legacy Communities at Nov. 9 Climate Change Program

November 3, 2016 "Wisconsin’s Most Innovative Local Governments: Green Tier Legacy Communities” will be the focus when Curt Witynski, assistant director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, speaks at the Climate Change Coalition. . .

Door County Pulse, Peninsula Pulse
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Rough Roads Ahead: Sustainable solutions sought for roads

Kim McDarison

October 6, 2016 Road reconstruction, repair and maintenance were the topics of discussion at a countywide “Turnout for Transportation” held Sept. 29 at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville.

Kim McDarison, The Milton Courier
Posted on: October 10, 2016

Municipalities Statewide Call for Road Funding

October 7, 2016 State legislators should be getting an earful about bad roads and the need for a better transportation plan from municipal leaders throughout the state. Aging roadways and culverts, a lack of money to fix them, political maneuvering. . .

John Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse
Posted on: September 27, 2016

Baraboo seeks changes in highway funding

September 26, 2016 Baraboo is joining municipalities across Wisconsin in asking lawmakers to change the way road work is funded.

On Monday, the City Council’s public safety committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution. . . .

Ben Bromeley Baraboo News Republic
Posted on: September 26, 2016

Turnout for Transportation calls for solutions

September 22, 2016 Three local governmental associations will hold an event drawing attention to the need to find a sustainable solution to Wisconsin’s transportation challenge.

Milton Courier
Posted on: September 13, 2016

Appleton not alone in being sued over cell towers

September 6, 2016 Appleton isn't the only community in Wisconsin that's headed to the courthouse over cell towers. Although the state law regulating cell tower sites is relatively new, both Eau Claire and Prairie du Sac have faced legal hurdles . . . .

Madeleine Behr, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: September 13, 2016

Our Views: Act 10's big winner: taxpayers

September 7, 2016 Protesters descending on the Capitol five years ago in a desperate bid to stop Act 10’s passage were right about one thing: They had a lot to lose.
But as a growing body of evidence suggests, their loss has been the taxpayers’ gain—

Gazette Editorial Board, Janesville Gazette Xtra
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling

Four out of 10 municipalities said budget conditions had improved since 2010, while 30% said it had worsened. Among larger cities, 45% reported better and 21% reported worse budget conditions. Among smaller villages. . . 32% percent said it was worse.

08/26/2016 The Chippewa Herald
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling more than bigger cities with economic recovery

August 26, 2016 Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said . . . the report reveals troubling trends for smaller municipalities, which are just as vital to the health of Wisconsin’s economy as the larger cities.

The Journal Times
Posted on: August 26, 2016

New Report Outlines Challenges Facing Wisconsin Municipalities

08/26/2016 A new report from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance details the challenges facing cities and villages throughout the state. We'll learn more from LWM Executive Director Jerry Deschane.

J. Carlisle Larsen for Wisconsin Public Radio
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Civic Engagement Lacking in Cities and Villages, Report Shows

Civic engagement in small cities and villages is rising toward the top of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' priority list following a report on overall municipal health.

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling more than bigger cities with economic recovery

Wisconsin’s cities and villages are scaling back road repairs in the face of state aid cuts, and smaller villages have struggled more than larger cities to recover from the Great Recession, according to a new study.

Matthew DeFour for the Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: August 25, 2016

NEWSMAKERS: State of Cities and Villages

August 25, 2016 A study of Wisconsin’s 597 cities and villages found that debt service made up 21.7% of spending. Commissioned by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the study also found the smallest cities and villages have the biggest problems.

WisconsinEye Studio
Posted on: August 25, 2016

WISTAX Releases State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages

August 25, 2016 The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance was commissioned by the League of Municipalities to review the state of Wisconsin’s cities and villages. This report focused on reviewing the fiscal health, service levels, and employment conditions.

Wheeler Report Blog