Two Wednesdays in August will exhibit music at Lions Park. On August 19, the Concertina Band will be playing at 6:00 pm and on August 26, Magic Music will provide music at 6:30 pm.
The Village of Spencer will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Veterans Memorial on Sunday, July
20th 19th at 1:00 P.M. at the park on the corners of STH’s 13 and 98.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity to recognize our veterans past, present and future. Being constructed on the corner of two state highways, this memorial has the opportunity to inspire thousands of people a day,” said Thaddeus Kubisiak, Village Administrator.
Donors have contributed in several ways. Commemorative bricks were sold (and will continue to be sold) to honor past and present service members. The commemorative bricks are sold at $100 apiece. Donors are also recognized through the ‘Founding Donor’ program. The names of each dornor will be inscribed on black granite. These Founding Donor plaques will exhibit 4 incremental levels of contributions as well as an in-kind contribution plaque.
“This memorial will remind us to never forget those who have served this great country. I am honored that this dream has become a reality,” said Jerry Wienke, a local resident and veteran who initiated this project.
Anyone interested in participating at the event or purchasing a brick may contact the Clerk’s Office at 715-659-5423 for more information.
The Village wide garage sale will be held on August 6th, 7th, and 8th. Contact the Village by Friday, July 31st, with your address and dates of sale to be listed on the garage sale map.
Contact: Thaddeus Kubisiak – Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer
Spencer, WI – The Village Board of Spencer adopted Resolution 2015-05 at their meeting on Monday night to urge the Governor and Legislature to agree upon a sustainable funding solution for state and local road maintenance. The resolution also states that for every month that state and local road repairs are deferred, the cost to the taxpayer increases over the long term.
Wisconsin is dependent upon its transportation and road system which play an important part in continued economic growth. However according to the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin (LGI) 2014 report “Filling the Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin,” the condition of Wisconsin’s highways is now in the bottom third of the country. Municipal transportation spending has declined from $275 per capita in 2000 to $227 in 2012 according to the LGI.
“The levy limits imposed by the State do not allow local government to make up for the deterioration of State funding. Wisconsin’s over-reliance on bonding has deteriorated the State’s segregated funding sources – the State gas tax and vehicle registration fees-which increasingly go to pay debt service rather than fund local transportation needs,” said Thaddeus Kubisiak. This is significant because local government in Wisconsin is responsible for about 90% of the road miles in the State.
Wisconsin motorists pay significantly less than any of our neighboring states when you combine the annual cost of the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees. The Village is urging the state to adopt a responsible level of bonding and user fees to adequately fund Wisconsin’s transportation system and prevent significant road deterioration over the next decade.
The Village is working with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities as part of the Transportation Investment Coalition to support the Governor and State Legislature to agree upon a sustainable solution for funding local roads in Wisconsin.
Annually, every municipal water utility must complete a consumer confidence report. Click here to review the Spencer Water Utility 2014 CCR report.
Come and join the 2015 Arbor Day event at Lions Park on Friday, April 24th at 1:00 pm. Click here for a copy of the agenda.
There are 2 outstanding absentee and 0 outstanding provisional ballots from the April 7th, 2015 Spring Election.
The Village of Spencer Board of Canvass will convene on Friday, April 10th at4:00 P.M. to canvass any late arriving absentee and provisional ballots.
Village Board Adopts Resolution Opposing Legislation Shifting Taxes to Homeowners
Spencer, Wis. April 7, 2015 – The Village Board of Spencer adopted a resolution at their meeting last night in opposition to proposed legislation that would shift property taxes from business equipment to homeowners in Spencer. Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) are planning to introduce the legislation this spring.
“Eliminating the personal property tax without a replacement means that residential taxpayers will have to pick up the difference,” said Thaddeus Kubisiak. “The elimination of personal property tax will result in the loss of $6,168,100 in the Village’s property tax base therefore shifting the tax burden to homeowners, landlords and other owners of real property. This shift means that you would have paid $169.47 more on a $100,000 home in 2014.”
“To put this into perspective, in relation to our budget, the Village’s share of personal property tax is nearly equivalent to the Village’s share of the fire department’s annaul budget,” said Kubisiak.
The Village of Spencer joins the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Counties Association in voicing their concern about this legislation. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, enactment of this legislation would result in a statewide shift in taxes of $270 million to owners of real property.
“A shift of this magnitude without replacement funding is unacceptable,” said Kubisiak. “Cutting legislator retirement benefits is a good start to fill this financial void.”