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Fall Workshops including Budget & Finance Session start September 15

The Wisconsin Towns Association, UW Extensions Local Government Center and Center for Land Use Education, and the Wisconsin of Department of Revenue have teamed up to bring 9 workshops for town and Village officials.  Nine workshops are presented around the state, and  scheduled September 15 through September 30. New clerk or Treasurer? The Finance and […]

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Alcohol Licensing WisLine Coming May 4

May 4, 2015, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, The Local Government Center presents the WisLine Teleconference session “Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing.” This programs are available by teleconference–dial in from your own home or office.  For more complete program information, you can download the brochure. Wisconsin municipalities are required to appropriately review and issue


Local Government Center Hiring Budget Finance Specialist

The Local Government Center is looking for an individual to teach, research and provide leadership in the fields of local Government finance and budgeting. Continuing fiscal strain is transforming the dynamics of finance at all levels of local government. Applied research and outreach education is needed to better understand the impacts of these changes. Local […]


Local Government Essentials WisLine Teleconferences Start March 2015

Some local government duties are a “must”.  They must be done each year, they must be done on time, accroding to statute and must be done correctly and/or effectively.  The Local Government Center has included three must have local government functions into a WisLine Teleconference series called “Local Government Essentials.”  The series begins March 16 with […]


Spanish Language Factsheets Available

A Spanish language fact sheet on Wisconsin’s Public Records Law , or Ley de Registros Publicos,  became the most recent effort by the Local Government Center’s effort to inform on important local government laws and issues, as well as reach out to Wisconsin’s Spanish speaking residents. The Spanish language fact sheet joins the Open Meetings Law  (Ley de […]

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Be Sure Your Local Government Complies with Act 10’s Grievance Procedure Statute

Since October 2011, all local government units are required to have a “grievance procedure that addresses employee terminations.”  Wis. Stat. §  66.0509(1m), requires that this procedure be a written document and that it address discipline and workplace safety issues as well as employee terminations. A Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision from December 2013, gives local […]


Charging Fees for Public Record Requests of Electronic Records

Providing the public with information is an essential function of local government. But complying with public records requests take time and money. To provide some balance to this conundrum, the Wisconsin Public Records Law allows an authority to charge certain fees for complying with a records request. An authority may impose a fee for the […]

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LGC Partner,Prof. Brian Ohm, Authors Extension Report on Changes to Planning Laws

A new Extension Report summarizing Wisconsin planning-related case law and state legislative enactments for the past year.  It is available at the UW-Madison Urban and Regional Planning Website website.  Significant court cases over the past year eliminated the authority of towns to zone land within the shoreland area and further reduced the extraterritorial plat approval […]


Regulating the Rocket’s Red Glare

Local Governments receive many questions about fireworks, and especially during the July 4 holiday.  The Local Government Center has identified these online resources to help answer questions.  Click the titles to connect to the information source.  And Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July! Wisconsin Department of Justice Fireworks Law Clarification State Bar Of […]

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New Fact Sheet Helps with Electronic Meeting Questions

The Local Government Center routinely receives questions about an official wanting to participate in a meeting by phone or conducting a complete meeting by teleconference.  Winter brings a lot of these inquiries when hazardous travel or absent “snowbirds” give rise to the desire or need for an official or several to participate in a meeting […]