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January 27, 2015


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Proposed State Budget would Eliminate Local Assessmeet,
Require Annual 100% Market Assessment by County Assessors

• Press Release from Mike Knoles, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Towns Association:
Proposal to Eliminate Local Assessment a Double Whammy for Citizens
The Wisconsin Towns Association is adamantly opposed to the proposal in the Governor’s budget to remove property assessment responsibility from local municipalities to county government. According to Lee Engelbrecht, WTA President, “The best decisions are those made closest to the people. This proposal is another Madison mandate to erode this principle that has been tried before and failed.”

• Background discussion from Wisconsin Towns Association:
Budget Proposal Eliminates Local Assessment and Increases Costs
Despite overwhelming opposition in 2009 under Governor Doyle, the Department of Revenue (DOR) is once again proposing an upheaval of the generally very effective assessment system in the State of Wisconsin. The proposal surprisingly appeared in the Governor’s budget. Four of the most troubling changes include removal of assessment responsibility from towns, villages, and cities (except for cities with a population of 39,000 or more that choose to continue to do their own assessment); provision of an unfunded mandate to have counties conduct assessment; killing of private and creation of public sector jobs; and requirement of 100% market assessment every year for every property. The WTA is fervently opposed to this proposal as it will remove local control, be less responsive to constituents, threaten assessment accuracy, kill private sector jobs, prove an unfunded mandate to local government, and increase costs. Simply, taxpayers will be paying more for a lesser product.

• Resolution passed March 3, 2015 by Rutland Town Board:

Resolution Opposing County Assessment Responsibility
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) proposes to change from municipal assessment to county assessment that requires 100% assessment of every property every year; and,

WHEREAS, this proposal will cause an unfathomable waste of taxpayer dollars through extraordinary cost increases; and,

WHEREAS, citizens will only be able to access a few Board of Review proceedings throughout an entire county, which significantly decreases the ability of local knowledge to create accuracy in the assessment process; and,

WHEREAS, towns, cities, and villages are no longer in control of their own costs because the county will just send them a bill; and,

WHEREAS, the proposal is an unprecedented intrusion into local government by requiring the state to suggest a salary range for their assessment director and work with the county to set a county budget and number of employees; and,

WHEREAS, the DOR has cited assessor problems as part of their rationale, but has never revoked an assessor license despite having the authority; and,

WHEREAS, over the last five years the DOR has already required additional work and detailed information from assessors to improve the process; and,

WHEREAS, this proposals kills private sector jobs and grows public sector jobs; and,

WHEREAS, the DOR cites that Wisconsin is one of few states that has municipal assessment, but forgets to note the strong leadership of Wisconsin citizens, our state’s dedication to local input, and the simple lack of town government in many states;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Rutland, Dane County does hereby oppose the implementation of county assessment in Wisconsin and asks for the proposal to be removed from the budget; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Towns are and have always been willing to work with the State of Wisconsin, fellow local government groups, and other stakeholders to continually improve the assessment process.


Current Information:
Jorgensen to Hold Listening Session
for Town of Rutland

Monday, March 9 in Rutland Town Hall at 11:00 a.m.
Link to his recent "Capitol Update" where he discusses current legislative issues.


2015 SPRING ELECTION
April 7, 2015
at the Rutland Town Hall
Ballot Layout
Absentee Ballot Information


In the Oregon Observer:
'One of the finest'Dale Beske leaves Rutland Board
Click here to see the article about Dale Beske's retirement published on October 9.


Town of Rutland Representatives
Wisconsin Legislature
    Senate District 15
    Janis Ringhand
  Assembly District 43
    Andy Jorgensen
Jorgensen to hold listening session March 9 in Rutland Town Hall at 11:00 a.m. Link to his recent "Capitol Update" where he discusses current legislative issues.
United States Senate
    Tammy Baldwin
   Ron Johnson

U.S. Representative
    Mark Pocan

Meeting Dates
• Planning Commission
    Jan. 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
• Town Board
    Jan. 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
• Planning Commission
    Feb. 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
• Town Board
    Feb. 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

• Planning Commission
    Mar. 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
• Town Board
    Mar. 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Town Board Minutes
   • Nov. 25, 2014 Hearing
   • Jan. 6, 2015
   • January 20, 2015/a>

       
2014 Minutes Archive


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