MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Budget Building Basics 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Joel Gregozeski, Town of Greenville
Budget Building Basics sets the foundation for how to create a municipal budget in Wisconsin. In this session, you will learn what requirements must be lawfully included, how to create a budget summary for publication, and tips on where to find the numbers that ultimately make it into the budget.
Budget and Levy Adoption Procedures 11:00 am to Noon
Atty. Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association
This presentation will cover the requirements for the public hearing on the municipal budget and provide step by step explanations of the different procedures towns and villages may use to exceed their allowable levy limits. Finally, we will review budget adoption and amendment procedures.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Borrowing Basics: Why and How 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tom German and Richard Sneider, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and
Jonathan Schatz, Ehlers, Inc.
When is borrowing the best strategy, and what options does your town or village have for borrowing? This session will review borrowing procedures, differences between loans and bonding, loan opportunities from local lenders versus the State Trust Fund program, and the levy impacts of borrowing.
Building Your Tax Bill / Tax Collection and Settlements 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tim McCumber, Town of Merrimac
First we’ll examine who contributes to your local tax bill and how to calculate mill rates. Next we’ll review best practices for tax collection and how to calculate your January settlement.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Transportation Grant Funding: TIPS, TRICKS and TRAPS 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Merrill Mechler-Hickson, Patrick Vander Sanden and
Ryan Spaight, WI Department of Transportation
Recent transportation investment efforts have resulted in increased funding for existing and creation of new grant programs. With the increased focus on grants, towns will do well learn more about the tips and traps associated with the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) application process, including the process for Town Road Improvement Discretionary (TRID) grants. Tune in for best practice learnings from WisDOT. An update on the recently enhanced LRIPWeb system will also be included in the presentation.
Bidding and Specifications: Getting the Estimate Right 11:00 am to Noon
Ben Jordan, WI Transportation Information Center
Learn to produce more accurate road construction cost estimates by defining a complete project scope, identifying major items of work, and using relevant construction cost information.
Municipal Levy Limit Worksheet Reporting 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Andrea Newman Wilfong and Valeah Foy, WI Department of Revenue
This session will provide an overview of the law changes impacting levy limits and walk through the 2020 Municipal Levy Limit Worksheet. We strongly recommend accessing your municipality’s 2020 Levy Limit Worksheet in your My DOR Government Account (revenue.wi.gov) prior to the session.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
Legislative Update 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Mike Koles and Atty. Joe Ruth, Wisconsin Towns Association
WTA staff will provide an update on recent legislative changes and an explanation of what those changes mean for your town or village. With a focus on the second half of the 2019-20 legislative session, this presentation will help town and village officials remain compliant with state law and leverage statutory changes into cost savings for local taxpayers.
Governing in the Time of COVID-19 10:30 am to Noon
Atty. Philip Freeburg, Local Government Education and
Atty. Lara Carlson, Wisconsin Towns Association
Explore issues and strategies challenging town and village officials during the global pandemic. We’ll discuss safe and lawful virtual and in-person meeting options, tools available to secure and maintain safe workplaces, planning to address contingencies that may threaten the health, safety and welfare of your community, and more.
Please contact your local Extension Educator – Jessica Jane Spayde for more information. Spayde@wisc.edu or 608-326-0223.