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Floorplan for proposed Town Hall
Cost projections and impact
Annual Meeting Agenda, April 15, 2014
All Town of Rutland residents are encouraged to attend the Annual Town Meeting where this proposed plan will be discussed and voted upon.
April 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall, 785 Center Road

March 31, 2014

To Residents and Property Owners in the Town of Rutland:

As we noted in our Town newsletter last December, the Town is working on plans for a new Town Hall. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the current status of the project and the next steps.

In early January, the Town signed a design contract with architectural firm Angus Young of Janesville. A building committee was formed. The committee has been meeting every two weeks, having started in January. We have narrowed down the requirements for a new building and are working on the design and the estimated costs. We anticipate having workable office space and a firesafe records storage area, neither of which are present in the current Town Hall. We also anticipate having a larger meeting room with a kitchen, which would also be available for use as a community center room. The two inside pages of this letter show the current design, both as a floor plan and as an exterior view.

We anticipate the design will be close to final by the time of the Annual Meeting. That meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall. We hope to have updated estimated costs from the architect at that time. We will have drawings on display before the meeting. We will present the latest information at that meeting, including the estimated property tax impact. A public hearing, to allow for public comment on the building of a new Town Hall, will also be held as part of that meeting.

Following the public hearing, two resolutions will be presented for approval by the Town Electors. (A Town Elector is any Town resident who is eligible to register to vote in a Town election.) We anticipate that paper ballots will be used. The first of these resolutions, if approved, will give the Town Board authorization to proceed with the construction of the new Town Hall. The second, if approved, will give the Town Board authorization to proceed with the borrowing of up to $1,000,000 to finance the construction.

If authorized to proceed with bidding for construction, the bidding will occur the June timeframe. Another decision point will occur when the bids are opened and reviewed and the actual construction costs are known.

If approved, we will pursue the borrowing of money from the State Trust Funds. We hope to be able to limit the borrowing to $900,000. The loan would be at 4.25% for 20 years. Using those current interest rates, the property tax impact of the borrowing is estimated to be an increase of 10% for the Town portion of the property tax bill. For the typical $250,000 house (assessed value), this will result in an annual tax increase of about $70 in the Town portion of the tax bill. Note that the Town tax is about 13- 15% of the total property tax bill, depending on the school district in which a parcel lies. Also note there will be annual operational costs, to be determined once the building is in use.

More information will be available about April 1 on the Town website: http://town.rutland.wi.us. This information will include the agenda for the annual Meeting as well as the latest information on the proposed design for the Town Hall.

We urge you to attend the meeting to voice your opinion and vote on the proposed construction and borrowing.

Dale Beske

Building Permit graphic New Building Permit Fees to Take Effect

The new Building Permit Fee Schedule that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014 is now available on line along with printable Building Permit Application form.
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Building Permit Application form

Current Information:
Apr 1, 2014: Spring Election
• August 12, 2014: Partisan Primary
• November 4, 2014: General Election
All elections to be held
at the Town Hall, 785 Center Rd.

Town of Rutland Representatives
Wisconsin Legislature
    Senate District 15
    Timothy Cullen
  Assembly District 43
    Andy Jorgensen
United States Senate
    Tammy Baldwin
   Ron Johnson

U.S. Representative
    Mark Pocan

Meeting Dates
• Planning Commission
    March 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
• Town Board
    March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
• Planning Commission
    March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
• Town Board
    April 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
• Annual Meeting
    April 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Town Board Minutes
   • Jan. 9, 2014
   • Feb. 4, 2014

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