Local Government Essentials Series

2019 Topics, April – May 2019

These programs cover some of the essential elements of local governance in Wisconsin. Programs are moderated by UW-Extension’s Local Government staff.

The programs will be offered via webinar. You will be able to see and hear the presenters. Reference materials are sent to you in PDF format. One benefit of joining the program “live” is interacting with your colleagues statewide. You will get to hear their questions and the answers, and they will benefit from hearing yours.

To purchase a recorded copy of a program from a previous Local Government Essential series, please visit our Register/Purchase page.

The Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing program is being presented in two parts this year.  Part 1 will cover more of the basics.  Part 2 covers offers the opportunity to submit questions ahead of the program and is for officials who seek more information on current laws and issues.

Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing Part 1: Monday, April 29, 2019, 10 am – 12:00 noon (Webinar)
Under state law, Wisconsin municipalities issue and renew alcohol licenses.  New municipal clerks and others looking for a refresher on the basics of alcohol licensing will benefit most from this session.  Covered in the program; different types of licenses, license qualifications, notice requirements and other statutory requirements as your municipality prepares for the upcoming license renewal period.
Register online for this program or call 608-262-0810

Property Tax: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10:30 am — 12:00 noon (Webinar)
The property tax is the most important own-source revenue for local government. In this program you will learn about the strengths and limitations of the property tax based on national research and the challenges specific to Wisconsin local governments from a city administrator with work experience in four (4) states.
Register online for this program or call 608-262-0810

Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing Part 2: Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:00 am — 12:00 noon (Webinar)
Part 2 of of this topic is intended for new and continuing officials who want to stay up-to-date with recent law changes, current issues, and Wisconsin Department of Revenue resources related to alcohol licensing. Tom Ourada will cover recent legal updates and legislative changes. To submit your questions ahead of time, please email them by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to lgc@extension.wisc.edu.
Register online for this program or call 608-262-0810

Cost to Participate
$20. Participate during the live program. The connection information and reference materials (PDF) will be sent by email.
$35. Participate during the live program plus hard copy of reference materials. Please register early to allow one week for U.S. Postal Service delivery.
$35. Recorded program available on USB thumb drive.  Includes recorded program, electronic PDF file of the corresponding materials and shipping/handling.

For more complete information, download the 2019 Local Government Essentials brochure.

Recorded Versions

For information on purchasing previously recorded programs:
Programs from 2018 – click here
Programs from 2017 – click here.
Programs from 2016 – click here.
Programs from 2015 – click here.
Programs 2014 and earlier – click here.
To order past programs call 608-262-9961 or 608-262-9960.

Archived Materials


Local Government Center
Phone: 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961
Email: lgc@extension.wisc.edu
610 Langdon Street, Room 229 Lowell Center
Madison, WI 53703