2020 Town and Village Workshops

Fall Town and Village Workshops including Budget and Finance will be presented throughout September 2020. Designed for town and village board chairs and presidents, members and trustees, town and village clerks and clerk-treasurers, topics will include budget preparation, bidding, Transportation Grants,  DOR updates and forms including levy limit worksheet, legislative update, tax collection and settlements, building your tax bill, governing during COVID-19, and more.

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Due the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s training will be offered in webinar format. For those registrants unable to attend one or more of the live webinar sessions, recordings will be posted on the WTA website.

Budget Building Basics 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Joel Gregozeski, Town of Greenville
Budget Building Basics sets the foundation for how to create a municipal budget in Wisconsin. In this
session, you will learn what requirements must be lawfully included, how to create a budget summary for
publication, and tips on where to find the numbers that ultimately make it into the budget.

Budget and Levy Adoption Procedures 11:00 am to Noon
Atty. Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association
This presentation will cover the requirements for the public hearing on the municipal budget and provide
step by step explanations of the different procedures towns and villages may use to exceed their allowable
levy limits. Finally, we will review budget adoption and amendment procedures.

Borrowing Basics: Why and How 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tom German and Richard Sneider, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and Jonathan Schatz, Ehlers, Inc.
When is borrowing the best strategy, and what options does your town or village have for borrowing? This
session will review borrowing procedures, differences between loans and bonding, loan opportunities from
local lenders versus the State Trust Fund program, and the levy impacts of borrowing.

Building Your Tax Bill / Tax Collection and Settlements 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tim McCumber, Town of Merrimac
First we’ll examine who contributes to your local tax bill and how to calculate mill rates. Next we’ll review
best practices for tax collection and how to calculate your January settlement.

Bidding and Specifications: Getting the Estimate Right 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Ben Jordan, WI Transportation Information Center
Learn to produce more accurate road construction cost estimates by defining a complete project scope,
identifying major items of work, and using relevant construction cost information.

Transportation Grant Funding: TIPS and TRAPS 11:00 am to Noon
Merrill Mechler-Hickson, Patrick Vander Sanden and Ryan Spaight, WI Department of Transportation
Recent transportation investment efforts have resulted in increased funding for existing and creation of
new grant programs. With the increased focus on grants, towns will do well learn more about the tips and
traps associated with the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) application process, including the
process for Town Road Improvement Discretionary (TRID) grants. Tune in for best practice learnings from
WisDOT. An update on the recently enhanced LRIPWeb system will also be included in the presentation.

Municipal Levy Limit Worksheet Reporting 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Andrea Newman Wilfong and Valeah Foy, WI Department of Revenue
This session will provide an overview of the law changes impacting levy limits and walk through the 2020
Municipal Levy Limit Worksheet. We strongly recommend accessing your municipality’s 2020 Levy
Limit Worksheet in your My DOR Government Account (revenue.wi.gov) prior to the session.


Legislative Update 9:00 am to 10:30 am 
Mike Koles and Atty. Joe Ruth, Wisconsin Towns Association 
WTA staff will provide an update on recent legislative changes and an explanation of what those changes mean for your town or village. With a focus on the second half of the 2019-20 legislative session, this presentation will help town and village officials remain compliant with state law and leverage statutory changes into cost savings for local taxpayers. 

Governing in the Time of COVID-19 10:30 am to Noon 
Atty. Philip Freeburg, Local Government Education and Atty. Lara Carlson, Wisconsin Towns Association 
Explore issues and strategies challenging town and village officials during the global pandemic. We’ll discuss safe and lawful virtual and in-person meeting options, tools available to secure and maintain safe workplaces, planning to address contingencies that may threaten the health, safety and welfare of your community, and more. 

For more complete program information, or to mail in a registration form, download the 2020 brochure.

Presenters are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Local Government Center, Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, University of Wisconsin Transportation Information Center, Town of Merrimac, Town of Greenville, and von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

2019 Town Village Workshops Brochure

Archived Town and Village Workshops Information (formerly Fall Finance and Budget Workshops)

Since this program series began in 1998, 12,848 town and village officials have participated in these workshops.

  • 2019 Program
  • 2018 Program – 745 town and village officials attended in 2018.
  • 2017 Program – 658 town and village officials attended in 2017.
  • 2016 Program – 607 town and village officials attended in 2016.
  • 2015 Program – 623 town and village officials attended in 2015.
  • 2014Program – 695 town and village officials attended in 2014.
  • 2013 Program – 737 town and village officials attended in 2013.
  • 2012 Program – 687 town and village officials attended in 2012.
  • 2011 Program  – 694 town and village officials attended in 2011.
  • 2010 Program – 569 town and village officials attended in 2010

Programs before 2010 have been removed.

Page updated 9/8/20