Monday, April 2, 2012
Getting to Know Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin State Statutes in Real Life
Municipal leaders tackle library funding. (Hudson Star-Observer, 3/29/2012)
Excerpt: The top elected officials in the four municipalities that operate the Hudson Area Joint Library on Tuesday morning held their first meeting how satisfy a state requirement on funding the library.
In attendance were Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill, Hudson Town Board Chairman Jeff Johnson, North Hudson Village President George Klein and St. Joseph Town Chairman Dan Gavin.
County Board Chairman Daryl Standafer, County Administrator Pat Thompson, Hudson City Council President Lori Bernard, Hudson Alderperson John Hoggatt, Library Board member Roy Sjoberg and library steering committee member Jim O’Connor also sat in on the meeting.
City Finance Officer Neil Soltis presented the funding option scenarios and other information to the group.
The meeting was in response to the Feb. 28 revelation that the municipal partners haven’t been funding the joint library to the level paid by the residents of other municipalities in the county.
The four municipalities were made exempt from the county library tax when they formed the joint library in 2002.
But to be exempt from the tax, they had to certify that they were funding the library to at least the county level.
The certification was supposed to have taken place annually, but didn’t. In the interim, the partner municipalities’ library support has fallen behind the county library levy.
Getting to know chapter 43 of the Wisconsin state statutes: Part 24, county tax. (3/27/2012)