News and Notices – Fall 2013

“Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials” Teleconferences Start This Month

There have both a change in topic and a change in format for the Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials distance education series this fall. The topic and date of the November program have been changed to Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, November 12. The format will continue to be a WisLine teleconference where you dial in yourself from your home or office, rather than a webinar as originally considered.

Lelegislative Update

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Presented by Rick Stadelman, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Towns Association, Mark O’Connell, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Counties Association, and Curt Witynski, Assistant Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Presented by Matthew J. Flanary, Attorney, head of the employee benefits practice at Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

Civility and Civil Dialogue

Tuesday, December 17, 2012

Presented by Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center

All three of these teleconferences are from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. To register, follow the link at, or call 608-262-0810.

Need Budgeting Help?

Local governments throughout the state are developing or finalizing their annual budgets. If it’s your first time, or you need a refresher, there is help as close as your computer.

Developing the Annual Budget Webinar

In September 2012, Local Government Specialist Alan Probst presented ”Developing the Annual Budget” as a webinar. A recording is now available on the Local Government Center’s website at no charge. Gain not only a good understanding of the policies and rules that apply but also the “how’s” and “why’s” of local government budgets. You will have the benefit of Alan’s explanations as he goes through a Powerpoint presentation covering:

  • Statutory requirements and procedures
  • Fund accounting
  • Necessary considerations, such as revenue projection and debt management, budget components and how each part/fund relates to the entire budget.

There is a link to this free webinar on the Local Government Center’s homepage at


The Graphing Revenues, Expenditures and Taxes charts are a great way to start discussions on local government services and how to finance them. Click-click-click and your board has a way to compare your town, village, city, or county with similar units of government across the state. Four primary sources of revenue, as well as total general revenue are presented for each government unit, as are nine primary categories of expenditure. To access these graphs for your county, city, village, or town, visit the Local Government Center’s page devoted to GREAT:

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