Learn Local Government Budget Information on Your Computer

Is this your first time preparing a budget with your Local Government?  Or are you looking for a refresher or an update?  A recording of a September 2012 the webinar “Developing the Annual Budget” is  available on your home or office on your computer with an Internet connection.  Gain not only a good understanding of […]

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Town Clerks: Financial Report Form Training

Each year, Carol Doran of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue would travel around the state and put on free half-day workshops for town clerks about how to complete their Form CT financial report.  With Carol’s retirement and no replacement yet in position, there will be no live workshops this year.  Carol did conduct a WisLine […]

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Download Performance Management Manual to Learn Where to Trim Budgets

It is easy to say “cut the budget,” but actual expenditure reductions that are effective and good policy are much more difficult. “Performance Measurement” is a becoming an increasingly useful tool that provides policy makers with the information they need to find the strengths of local government programs, and identify services are not performing up […]

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Guidance on Grievance Procedure

Several resources are available to help local governments meet the deadline for the new requirement to create an Employee Grievance Policy.  Wisconsin Act 10, also called the Budget Repair Bill, made profound changes to local government relations with their employees.  The effect on union employees is well known from local and national media coverage of […]

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Court Tells Local Governments to Follow Bid Statute or Pay Damages

A Court of Appeals decision issued in May recognized a legal remedy requiring local governments that violate the competitive bid statue pay damages to an unsuccessful bidder.  In North Twin Builders v. Town of Phelps, the town published notices seeking bids for a town hall remodeling project.  The bid deadline was only 5 days after […]

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Bankruptcy Is Not an Option for Wisconsin Communities

In this era of economic uncertainty, many communities are struggling to meet their financial obligations and find it necessary to consider extreme measures.  The city of Vallejo, California filed for bankruptcy two years ago.  The cities of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital, and Hamtramck, Michigan, have considered filing bankruptcy within the last 6 months.  Wisconsin local governments, […]

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LGC Partner, Craig Maher, Saw Opportunity in Budget Crisis

Professor Craig Maher of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has been a frequent collaborator and partner with the Local Government Center.   Recently, Craig and other experts were invited by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Editorial Board to write about how government can be more efficient.  Craig’s editorial, “Out of crisis may come opportunities for change” appeared in […]

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New Law Modifies Local Municipal Court Operations

January 1, 2011, a new law goes into effect that changes, makes uniform and clarifies many aspects of Wisconsin Municipal Courts.  Municipal Courts provide a forum dedicated to hearing local ordinance cases from traffic, disorderly conduct and underage drinking violations to building and zoning code complaints.  Because they are local, municipal courts are convenient, accessible […]

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