Food for Thought
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The League is now offering monthly web events free to all members. We hope you join us for any or all in this first series from July to December 2023.
Key Metrics for Utilities, Jon Cameron, Senior Municipal Advisor, Ehlers
When undertaking a utility rate study, we are frequently asked questions such as “how much unrestricted cash should we have?” “Is our equipment replacement fund over or underfunded?” “Should we use cash or debt financing for this upcoming project?” “Is our rate of return sufficient?” “When do we reach a point of having too much debt, and when do our user rates become too high for our customers?” This session will examine some of the key metrics for evaluating the health of utilities, including factors evaluated by Moody’s and Standard & Poors for rating revenue bond debt, as well as factors evaluated by the PSC in review of rate cases.
Recruiting in 2023, Elizabeth Yanke, League
If you're hiring then you know, the market has changed. Candidates are in control and employers must adapt to win the war for talent. Wisconsin is not the only State with a talent shortage in 2023. Government is not the only industry. There are vacancies across the US in all sectors of the economy. This session will provide tips for marketing your job posting, getting in front of candidates, and how municipalities can fill roles in this challenging market.
Legislative Update, Toni Herkert and Katie Scott, League
Come join us to learn about the legislative issues that are happening inside (and outside) the State Capitol. Topics will include the Shared Revenue Act, the Housing Package, the Alcohol Reform Bill, Child Care, and Human Trafficking. Feel free to bring your questions and also all your input on what is important for your municipality!
Toni Herkert and Katie Scott, the League’s Government Affairs team, will be leading the zoom meeting. We look forward to this zoom with you!
Open Records, Paul Ferguson, Office of Open Government, WI DOJ
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is dedicated to the work necessary to preserve Wisconsin’s proud tradition of open government. DOJ’s Office of Open Government focuses on Wisconsin’s open meetings and public records laws and provides training in these areas. This presentation will provide an overview of public records law essentials, including what constitutes a record, the receipt and processing of public records requests, and how to respond to requests. The presentation will also briefly address records retention and provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions.