The Municipality Magazine

The League's The Municipality magazine is published monthly and circulates to almost 10,000 local elected officials, staff and partners in Wisconsin. We focus on issues that are of interest to Wisconsin's cities and villages and will help to move Wisconsin forward.

If you are a local official or staff of a League member municipality and are not receiving the magazine please email the League and we will add you to the subscription list.

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10 21 THE MUNICIPALITY Annual Conference cover

October 2021

Municipal safety best practices, salty water and successful housing strategies along with a profile of incoming League Board President Justin Nickels are all featured in the League's October magazine.  The "For the Goof of the Order" column is authored by Boardman Attorney Mike May and is focused on the "Use and Misuse of Substitute Amendments." You'll want to open the magazine to review the amazing 123rd Annual Conference agenda. We'll see you there!

The League's October E-Newsletter with information on police funding, the latest on ARPA, funding opportunities and events.  


9 21 Cover The Municipality Looking Forward West Bend From the Roof CityHallSelfie

September 2021

From examples of housing innovations to infrastructure considerations in a changing climate, the September The Municipality looks forward.  In addition, our Government Relations staff details the impact of the State Budget on municipalities and we reprint a legal article on objectionable content.  

The League's September E-Newsletter details opportunities, events and funding.  

Direct links to resources and magazine articles, including the "Impact of the State Budget on Municipalities" are provided in the League's September E-Muni.

8 21 cover THE MUNICIPALITY Open Government Downtown West Bend with an American Flag.

August 2021

From Open Records requests to holding meetings post-pandemic, The Municipality covers open government plus there's an article on Dark Store and discussion of the delayed census data's impact on redistricting.  

The August E-Newsletter with resources, grants, opportunities, and events for you.

The E-Muni with direct links to magazine resources.  

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July 2021

Great advice on investing the American Rescue Plan funding from Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors and Ruekert Mielke plus insight on TID closures from Ehlers and the transformation of a concrete channel to a community asset by Graef and so much more. 

Bonus article: "Making the Most of ARPA" by Sharon Eveland, City Administrator, Clintonville. 

The League's July E-Newsletter with opportunities, events and funding.  

The July E-Muni provides direct links to legal articles and other resources from the magazine. 

6 21 New Officials Cover with painting of Blanchardville by Ruthie Rolfsmeyer

June 2021

Every April about 800 new officials are elected in cities and villages statewide. The June magazine provides resources and information to new and experienced officials and staff. 

The League's June E-Newsletter provides information on an important ARPA DEADLINE & Broadband $ + So Much More.  

The League's June E-Muni provides direct links to the legal articles and additional resources.  

5 21 CLERKS COVER Contest Winner

May 2021

Celebrate Clerks! May 2–8, 2021 was the 52nd Professional Clerks Week and the League is celebrating with this The Municipality magazine. 

As part of the celebration, the League was thankful to partner with the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) on a magazine cover contest. Congratulations to Tina Wallace, WCMC, Deputy City Clerk, City of Oconomowoc whose image was chosen for the magazine cover. 

All the contest entries are included in this magazine and will be posted to the special League’s Facebook Album during Clerk’s Week. Thank you to everyone who entered and to all Wisconsin Clerks!

The League's May E-Newsletter with ARPA information and events, opportunities and grants.

The League's May E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine. 

4 21 The MUNICIPALITY Kimberly Treaty Park

April 2021

Land use shapes our communities. From Comprehensive Plan requirements to age-friendly design, the magazine covers it all.  Readers are challenged to #TakeYourLeggieToWork and MSA details "Parks & Recreation When You’re Running Out of Space" and McMAHON contributes the cover photo. 

Bonus Article: Diverse Forests Are Healthy Forests: Tree Diversity Made Easy Mark Freberg, Green Bay City Forester, Jeff Treu, WE Energies Regional Forester (Retired), and the Species Diversity Issue Group, Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, DNR

The League's April E-Newsletter with information on ARPA, events, grants and other opportunities. 

Missing Middle Housing is the topic of the conversation on the League's April Local Perspective.  

The League's April E-Muni takes a deep dive into land use and provides direct links to the legal articles.  

3 21 The Municipality GBWU In the Field Cover

March 2021

In the category of things we take for granted drinking water and wastewater rank high on the list.  But do you know what happens between the raw water and your tap, or what happens after you flush. No? Then this is the magazine for the municipal nerd in all of us. 

The March E-Newsletter with information on the American Rescue Plan, Vaccine availability and much more.   

Take a deep dive into the magazine and read the E-Muni

Transportation in all its forms is topic of this month's Local Perspective. Debby Jackson, Executive Director of the Transportation Development Association is Jerry Deschane's guest. 

2 21 The Municipality Economic Development

February 2021

Economic Development is in the spotlight for February with an article by Sturgeon Bay Mayor Ward and one on all the aspects of forward thinking comprehensive plan by MSA's Jason Valerius. In addition, you can read about the WEDA legislative agenda and return to the West Allis pedlet.  The Wisconsin Policy Forum "Dollar for Dollar" report on local government spending is also detailed.  

The League's February E-Newsletter with Workshops, Funding and Opportunities. 

The League's E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine with direct links to resources. 

1 21 The Municipality COVER Law Enforcement Milw officer w/little girl

January 2021

From a Day in the Life of a Wisconsin Police Officer to how law enforcement has changed over the last 20 years, the articles in the League's January magazine provide details on policing in Wisconsin.  We want to thank the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association for working with us.   

The League's January E-Newsletter with opportunities, events and grants.  

The January E-Muni provides online resources and direct links to the legal articles. 

In this month's the Local Perspective, Jerry Deschane talks with Chief Ken Pileggi, Chief of Police, City of Jefferson Police Department and the President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.

12 20 The Municipality Garbage Sheboygan on the Cover

December 2020

Nothing says Happy Holidays like a magazine focused on garbage!  It's a basic municipal function that cities and villages in Wisconsin provide in a number of different ways and includes a number of different components.  There's also a comprehensive article on broadband and the second article in our series on trees. 

The League's December E-Newsletter has a plethora of opportunities, grants and events.   

The December E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine, but it is not a dumpster dive.   

11 20 The Municipality Employees

November 2020

Wisconsin is the vibrant state that it is because of the local government employees who keep everything running in your community.  From the Harbormaster in Lake Geneva, to the Bus Driver in La Crosse and the Librarian in Strum, we feature a small portion of the amazing local government employees working for you in Wisconsin's communities on the cover of the November The Municipality. Open it up and you'll find Jerry's article on "What is Your Why" you work in local government to the Wisconsin Policy Forum Salute Award Winners.  We thank you all for your work!

The League's November E-Newsletter with events, grants and opportunities.  

The November E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine with extra resources and direct links to articles. 

10 20 The Municipality Annual Conference Program

October 2020

The Annual Conference is coming to you. The Municipality reaches everyone so we made it the Annual Conference Program. Check out the full conference schedule plus all of the extras. Plus you can read about responsiblewisconsin.com, the new responsible bidder database, three feisty clerks and innovative phosphorus solutions.  

Opportunities, Events and Grants - it's the League's October E-Newsletter.

The League's October E-Muni with links to all of the articles and additional resources.  

9 20 21st Century Funding

September 2020

Moving Wisconsin's cities and villages into 21st Century Funding is our focus. As Jerry Deschane stated in his column, "Wisconsin has a growing fixed-income population, yet, irrationally we rely on the unforgiving property tax to fund schools, technical colleges and local government. The lack of a balanced approach to local government revenue leads to the impression that Wisconsin is a “high tax” state, even though overall state and local revenues as a portion of personal income are squarely in the middle among states. Relatively high property taxation drags down our housing market and makes attracting people to Wisconsin difficult. According to research by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, no other state relies as heavily on the property tax. Levy limits are killing Wisconsin. Cities and villages cut corner after corner as sub-inflationary levy limits choke the primary resource supporting first responders and educators. State leaders praise themselves for “holding the line” on property taxes, without having to endure the pain of cutting police officers and deferring critical maintenance. It’s time for an evolution." 

The League's September E-Newsletter with Opportunities, Events, and Funding. 

The League's September E-Muni, a deep dive into the magazine.