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Board of Review Training 2015 Board of Review Training 2015

The Board of Review is a panel of local officials whose job it is to hear property owners' objections to their tax assessments. Wisconsin law requires that at least one member of the Board of Review attend a Department of Revenue-approved training within two years of the Board of Review’s first two-hour meeting. To ensure that Board Members have the most up-to-date information for new or renewal certification, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) requires taking the current year’s program, and will not certify attendance at training using materials and content dated prior to 2015.

ORDER THE DVD and MATERIALS from the Learning Store
In 2015 the training is by video in DVD format with printed materials that include forms and instructions for DOR certification. You can order the DVD and materials from the Learning Store. The items are available now and will mail out first class from Madison.

Training is valid for two years from the training date.

Read more about the DVD.

Town Officials Workshops One-Day Workshops for New and Continuing Town Officials May 5-June 4, 2015

Topics include Powers and Duties of Town Officials, Town Road Funding and Operations, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest, Open Meetings Law, Running Effective Meetings, Public Involvement, Hot Topics, Enforcement of Ordinances, and Leadership.

11 Locations across the state, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Stevens Point May 5, 2015
  • Green Bay May 6, 2015
  • Brookfield May 7, 2015
  • Cable May 12, 2015
  • Minocqua May 13, 2015
  • Wabeno May 14, 2015
  • DeForest May 27, 2015
  • Richland Center May 28, 2015
  • Rice Lake June 2, 2015
  • Eau Claire June 3, 2015
  • Tomah June 4, 2015

    Presented by the UW-Extension Local Government Center, the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the UW Transportation Information Center. For more complete program information, you can download the brochure on 2015 Town Officials Workshops.

    TO REGISTER
    Register by mail through the Wisconsin Towns Association. To print a registration form, download the brochure.

Local Government Essentials Local Government Essentials
WisLine Teleconferences
Spring 2015


Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Local Land Use Planning and Zoning
WisLine Teleconferences
Winter/Spring 2015


Advanced Parliamentary Procedure for Wisconsin's Local Governments 2015 Advanced Parliamentary Procedure for Wisconsin's Local Governments 2015

Principle of Parliamentary Authority: The Relationship among statutes, court decisions, organizational rules, and Robert's Rules of Order-Newly Revised with Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Principle of a Meeting: Issues about notice, quorum, and attendance. Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Principle of Majority Rule: Ownership of motions, seconding a motion, and when more than a majority is required. Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Principle of Order: Rules of precedence among motions and details. Wednesday, April 29, 2015

All sessions are from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Presented by Larry Larmer, Professor Emeritus in the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more complete program information, you can download the brochure.

TO REGISTER
Register online for Advanced Parliamentary Procedure for Wisconsin's Local Governments. To register by phone call 608-262-0810.

Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials
WisLine Teleconferences Fall 2014/Winter 2015


AVAILABLE AS AUDIOSTREAM
The Current Issues programs have already taken place. The following are available as audiostreams (digital audio file plus pdf) from the UW-Extension Learning Store for $28.
Order Telecommunication Towers audiostream
Order Phosphorus Discharge Regulation audiostream
Order Demographics Challenge audiostream
Order Tax Incremental Financing audiostream

For more complete program information, you can download the brochure on the Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials 2014-2015 teleconference series.

Deliberative Government Techniques Assist Town of Liberty Grove Local Government Specialist Bill Rizzo has been working with the Town of Liberty Grove to implement deliberative government practices to make sure that the voices of concerned town citizens are heard before action is taken by the town government. In this case, the hearing process was changed to allow for more citizen input into the town budget.

Read more from the Door County Daily News.

Open Meetings Training when it's convenient for your Board Don't have time to schedule Open Meetings training? Tired of reading complex statutes but need some quality training on Wisconsin Open Meetings Law? The Local Government Center has the solution. The Local Government Center has produced an informative and enjoyable 10-part video, each approx. 5 minutes in length, available on DVD, addressing Open Meetings Law with actors in a realistic setting, portraying real-world scenarios, followed by an explanation and analysis by an experienced attorney. Check out a preview of this exciting and convenient video. A perfect way to provide needed training to your entire elected body, a copy of this video can be obtained through your county UW-Extension educator.
   

UW-Extension's Local Government Center helps educate members of the public in Wisconsin, in particular locally elected or appointed officials and those who aspire to hold office, about local government structures, laws, and procedures in the State of Wisconsin. Whether you are a high school student writing a report, a resident contemplating running for your town board, an official looking up procedures, or a UW-Extension educator developing a presentation, we hope you will find what you need here.

Since its inception in 1997, the Local Government Center has partnered with county UW-Extension offices, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, in providing education and information to Wisconsin local governments.



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