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Fact Sheets

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Fact Sheet #1 Wisconsin Open Meetings Law (updated 12/10) Adobe PDF icon PDF 188 kb
  en español - Reuniones Abiertas Adobe PDF icon PDF 209 kb
Fact Sheet #2 The Property Assessment and Tax Process for Towns, Villages and Cities (updated 05/12) Adobe PDF icon PDF 141 kb
Fact Sheet #3 Common Language Definitions of Terms Used in Real Estate Property Tax Matters in Wisconsin Adobe PDF icon PDF 20 kb
Fact Sheet #4 Annexation (out of date and under revision 2/14) Adobe PDF icon PDF 31 kb
Fact Sheet #5 Powers, Compensation, Composition of Library Boards Adobe PDF icon PDF 25 kb
Fact Sheet #6 The Town Meeting (updated 01/13) Adobe PDF icon PDF 146 kb
Fact Sheet #7 The Wisconsin Public Records Law (updated 09/12) Adobe PDF icon PDF 238 kb
  en español - Ley de Registros Publicos Adobe PDF icon PDF 237 kb
Fact Sheet #8 Self-Organized Counties Adobe PDF icon PDF 23 kb
Fact Sheet #9 Wisconsin Business Improvement Districts - BIDs Adobe PDF icon PDF 188 kb
Fact Sheet #10 State Shared Revenues (RETIRED) The shared revenue program was renamed the County and Municipal Aid Program in 2003 with municipal payments frozen in that year and county payments in 2004. For program updates, see the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Paper #18.  
Fact Sheet #11 W-2, Organization Chart and Map (RETIRED) For W2 information click on the following link: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/connections  
Fact Sheet #12 How to Interpret an Ordinance Adobe PDF icon PDF 25 kb
Fact Sheet #13 Fences in Agricultural Areas (updated 12/11) Adobe PDF icon PDF 146 kb
Fact Sheet #14 Wisconsin Statutory Authority for Boundary & Related Agreements Adobe PDF icon PDF 48 kb
Fact Sheet #15 Wisconsin's New Comprehensive Planning & Smart Growth Law (out of date and under revision 6/14) Adobe PDF icon PDF 26 kb
Fact Sheet #16 The Town Plan Commission (out of date and under revision 6/14) Adobe PDF icon PDF 42 kb
Fact Sheet #17 Financial Management in Local Government:  Frequently Used Terms (Updated 1/11) Adobe PDF icon PDF 145 kb
Fact Sheet #18 Village Powers for Town Boards (out of date and under revision 6/14) Adobe PDF icon PDF 246 kb
Fact Sheet #19 County Government in Wisconsin: History and Background (Updated 09/12) Adobe PDF icon PDF 143 kb
Fact Sheet #20 Public Participation in Local Government Body Meetings (Updated 05/13) Adobe PDF icon PDF 120 kb
Fact Sheet #21 Limits of County Board Administrative Authority (Updated 08/12) Adobe PDF icon PDF 140 kb
Fact Sheet #22 Electronic Meetings Adobe PDF icon PDF 151 kb

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Papers

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Capital Improvement Planning Adobe PDF icon PDF file 1.32Mb
Alternatives for the Delivery of Government Services (Revised April 2001) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 422 kb
Local Public Services In Wisconsin: Alternatives for Municipalities with a Focus on Privatization Adobe PDF icon PDF file 232 kb
  Selected References Adobe PDF icon PDF file 154 kb
  Tables Adobe PDF icon PDF file 111 kb
  Graphs Adobe PDF icon PDF file 566 kb
  Fact Sheet #1: Overview Adobe PDF icon PDF file 122 kb
  Fact Sheet #2: Comparison of Service Production Methods and the Incidence of Privatization - Public Works and Transportation; Public Utilities; Parks and Recreation; and Cultural and Arts Programs Adobe PDF icon PDF file 314 kb
  Fact Sheet #3: Comparison of Service Production Methods and the Incidence of Privatization - Public Safety; Health and Human Services; and Support Functions Adobe PDF icon PDF file 324 kb
  Fact Sheet #4: Factors Influencing the Decision to Privatize and Factors Contributing to Success Adobe PDF icon PDF file 183 kb
  Fact Sheet #5: Administering/Bidding Contracts and Monitoring Contractor Performance Adobe PDF icon PDF file 229 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(1998 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 35 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (1997) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 110 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(1999 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 37 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2001 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 29 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2000) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 16kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2002 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 24 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2001) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 50 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2003 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 285 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed(2002) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 19 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2004 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 280 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2003) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 45 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2005 Update)
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  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2004) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 7 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2006 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 57 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2007 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 112 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2006) Adobe PDF icon PDF file 288 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2008 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 151 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2007) Adobe PDF icon PDF file, 312 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2009 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 145 kb
  Map: Counties With Local Sales Tax and Year Tax Was Imposed (2008) Adobe PDF icon PDF file, 312 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2010 Update)
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Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2011 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 104 kb
Sales Tax Forecasting for Wisconsin Counties: Problems and Potential Yield
(2012 Update)
Adobe PDF icon PDF file 84 kb

PowerPoint Slide Presentations

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Agendas and Minutes for Local Government PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 128 kb, 34 slides
County Government Roles and Responsibilities PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 518 kb, 39 slides
Fundamentals of Effective Meetings: Basic Principles and Protocol PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 514 kb, 19 slides
Open Meetings Law PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 2 Mb, 28 slides
Are You Ready to Run For Local Elected Office? PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 1,120 kb, 19 slides
Intergovernmental Cooperation: A Strategy for Limited Resources PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 484 kb, 36 slides
Ethics and Conflicts of Interest PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 162 kb, 54 slides
Financial Management Series #1 "Basics of Local Government Financial Management" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 96 kb, 24 slides
Financial Management Series #2 "Local Government Budgets" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 346 kb, 31 slides
Financial Management Series #3 "Using Net Present Value to Evaluate the Value of Money Over Time" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 104 kb, 34 slides
Financial Management Series #4 "Impact Fees" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 156 kb, 33 slides
Financial Management Series #5 "Debt Management" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 121 kb, 46 slides
Financial Management Series #6 "An Introduction to Capital Planning" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 98 kb, 33 slides
Financial Management Series #7 "Performance Measurement & Performance Based Budgeting (PBB)" Introductory Version PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 108 kb, 22 slides
Financial Management Series #8 "Performance Measurement & Performance Based Budgeting (PBB)" Instructional Version PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 557 kb, 95 slides
Financial Management Series #9 "Local Government Budgets: Approaches and Traits" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 180 kb, 20 slides
Financial Management Series #10 "Audits" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 140 kb, 17 slides
Financial Management Series #11 "Debt Indicators" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 608 kb, 31 slides
Financial Management Series #12 "Bonds and Bond Ratings" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 170 kb, 39 slides
Financial Management Series #13 - in process  
Financial Management Series #14 "Cost Benefit Analysis" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 180 kb, 30 slides
Financial Management Series #15 "Efficiency Approaches" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 240 kb, 11 slides
Financial Management Series #16 "Lean Government" PowerPoint icon PowerPoint file, 292 kb, 34 slides

Reports

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Resource Listing

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"Local Government & Finance Basic Resources List" (June 2005, rev 2008) -  Microsoft Word file 134 kb

This 8-page annotated document provides a basic bibliography that includes books and manuals, fact sheets, websites, periodicals and other materials, many of which may be accessed by the provided internet links.  It was developed by UW-Extension's CNRED Local Governance & Finance Team.

Sample Ordinances

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This page last modified: November 13, 2014 .

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