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Current Issues Audiostreams Available Order October 2015 Presentations Now

Engaging the Public When Issues Get "Wicked" presented by Bill Rizzo October 5, 2015. Order the audiostream from the Learning Store.

Determining Local Options for Implements of Husbandrypresented by Cheryl Skjolaas and Lee Turonie, October 12, 2015. Order the audiostream from the Learning Store.

Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials

Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials
Fall 2015/Winter 2016

This series covers timely topics Wisconsin local governments will face this fall and winter. Each program includes time for questions and answers and are moderated by UW-Extension's Local Government staff.


  • Engaging the Public When Issues Get "Wicked" Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Determining Local Options for Implements of Husbandry Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Life After Prevailing Wage & Public Works Bid Basics Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Strategic Planning in Wisconsin Local Governments Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Stakeholder-Centered Community Marketing Monday, Feb. 5, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A WisLine is a live teleconference offered by the UW-Extension that you attend using your home or office telephone. For more information about the WisLine format, visit our Distance Education page.

Each teleconference is $20. For more complete program information, download the Current Issues brochure.

TO REGISTER: Register online or call 608-262-0810 to register by phone.

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.

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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