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

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: 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: 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’


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

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: 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

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: 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