Notices
WTA announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities
Nov 21, 2014
Wisconsin Towns Association announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities - see full agenda on WTA hom...[Click for more]

Voter Photo ID is OFF for fall
Oct 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court halted WI voter photo ID for election on 11/4/14. WTA Convention includes a 3 ...[Click for more]

Voter Photo ID is on for Fall
Sep 17, 2014
GAB now has out its first guidance for clerks regarding Voter Photo ID being back on for this fal...[Click for more]

New info
Sep 04, 2014
Free sessions on open meetings/public records; apply for clean sweep grants; WCHA roadway vendors...[Click for more]

PSC Grants
Aug 13, 2014
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Local Government Issues Featured
Recently on Wisconsin Eye

(12/19/14) Wisconsin Eye recently interviewed the Executive Directors from the three local government associations in Wisconsin. You can view a few minutes of the 30 minute show if you CLICK HERE or the entire show if you CLICK HERE

WTA Executive Director, Mike Koles, is featured in the short clip responding to the question about WTA legislative priorities: “Transportation is our #1 issue... There are a couple of watershed moments we’re embarking on.  One of them is transportation.  Are we going to fund transportation in a long term, equitable, and sustainable manner?  The local control issue is going to come up as well, and, for us, we believe strongly in local control and I’m looking forward to the discussion.”


Local Government Institute Study 
on Local Transportation Issues & Needs

(12/19/14) “The Local Government Institute (LGI), which includes the Wisconsin Counties Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association commissioned and released a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report entitled Filling the Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The study was intended to look at the issues impacting the funding of local transportation budgets and develop recommendations for fixing the problem.

“This report shows what we’ve already known, that manufacturing, farming, and trucking make up a larger share of jobs and wages that any other state except Indiana,” said Wisconsin Towns Association Executive Director Mike Koles. “In addition, strong roads boost our $11 billion tourism industry. For Wisconsin to grow and thrive, we can’t wait any longer to invest in our infrastructure.”

Please click on any of the below links to see further information:

     A press release on the report

     A copy of the full LGI report

     A 3-minute video commissioned to summarize the topic

     The press conference on Wisconsin Eye

     LGI Board Member Bill Mielke's interview on Wisconsin Eye


Wisconsin Towns Association announces
2015-16 Legislative Priorities

(12/8/14) The Wisconsin Towns Association now has ready its list of legislative priorities for the the 2015-16 session. To see a list of those, please CLICK HERE.


Sample Ordinance & Information on
New Implements of Husbandry (IOH) Law

(6/9/14) Please CLICK HERE for a link to Executive Director Rick Stadelman's June WTA magazine article on the New IOH (Implements of Husbandry) Law Overview.

A table showing a summary of the various options that municipalities and counties (these are the Maintaining Authorities under the new law) have regarding the length and weight of IOHs on highways under their jurisdiction can be found if you CLICK HERE.

Sample ordinances for each of the four options (note that Option A and Option F do not require an ordinance) that require an ordinance are attached here:

Option B Total Opt-Out of any IOH Length or Weight Limits;

Option C Partial Opt-Out I of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) on all highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option D Partial Opt-Out II of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) onspecified highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option E Opt-In which requires Category B and all IOH/Ag CMVs to follow the new IOH weight table under the new law.

Also please CLICK HERE to view the new IOH/Ag CMV table (which provides for a 15% increase per axle and gross weight). This table is what now controls for IOH/Ag CMV, on unposted highways, unless Option B, C, D, or E are adopted. 

The Standard Application for a No-Fee Permit from Local Governments can be accessed at the Wis. DOT website at: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/business/ag/index.htm

Additional information on the new law is also available at this DOT website.


Executive Director’s Fall Town and Village Workshop Message

(9/30/14) Executive Director, Mike Koles, was unable to attend all of the Fall Workshops.  UW-Extension produced a video that was played in Mike’s absence.  A number of you have requested to have this video posted to the web.  You can view Mike’s introductory message to participants in the workshops, which also is a general introduction of himself, by viewing the You Tube video that is linked below.

http://youtu.be/Ghym7UqZ3cE


NATaT Legislative Update

(12/17/14) WTA posts weekly legislative updates from the National Association of Towns and Townships. Please see the current as well as past issues on the Legislative page.


Propane Crisis Information Updates -
Governor Scott Walker Announces
Opening of New Propane Terminal

(10/31/14) Persistent very cold weather has created an ongoing propane crisis in Wisconsin of exploding prices and short supplies needed to keep homes and businesses warm. Please click on the below items for the latest updates on what the state government is doing on this issue:

      Opening of New Propane Terminal in Wisconsin

     Governor Scott Walker Announces Plan to Help Fill Propane Tanks Early for 25,000 Households through State Heating Program

      Buying Propane - Consumer Tips

      Reliable Home Heating Act Signed 

     Midwestern Governor's Association Propane Working Group

     USDA Rural Development Grant Program for Farmers

     Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Press Release Regarding Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Comprehensive update from the Dept. of Administration 4-4-14

     Update from the Governor's Office on Available Resources 2-10-14

     Utilities to Provide Propane to Help Low Income Citizens 2-20-14

     State Donates an Additional $500,000 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund 4-11-14

In addition, Governor Walker signed the following bill into law on Thursday March 27th, 2014:

Assembly Bill 770 – creates an emergency heating assistance loan guarantee program. It will allow families to obtain financing of up to $2,500 through a participating lender with a guarantee of 50 to 80 percent on original amount borrowed. Assembly Bill 770 makes financing more affordable by providing a one-time payment of 3.5 percent to reduce the interest rate on the loan. The bill passed the Assembly 94-1 and unanimously passed the Senate; it is Act 175.

 

Calendar of Events

February
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March
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