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County Seeking Applications for District 11 Board Supervisor Position

Washington County is seeking applications from District 11 to fill the unexpired Board term of Michael J. Parsons ending April of the year 2020. Interested candidates must reside in District 11, attend County Board meetings including regular meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and attend regular standing committee meetings. The Washington County Board of Supervisors is vested with powers of local, legislative and administrative character to act upon matters of general government, public safety, transportation, health and human services, court services, land use, planning and the conservation of land resources as delegated to the counties of Wisconsin by State Legislature. "Our ideal candidate is someone that has a passion for serving the citizens of Washington County, can work collaboratively with a diverse group of people and bring a fresh point of view to add to the quality of life for the citizens they represent," said County Board Chair Don Kriefall. "This is an exciting time to join the County Board of Supervisors as we are exploring a variety of new initiatives that will lead to a more effective government, which can better serve the citizens of Washington County." To learn more about the Board's current initiatives, visit our website and view the Strategic Priorities for the Quality of Life of the Citizens of Washington County. To apply: Email applications to Don Kriefall, County Board Chairperson at don.kriefall@co.washington.wi.us Subject: District 11 Applicant - Last Name Or Mail or drop off applications to P.O. Box 1986, 432 E. Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095 Attn: Don Kriefall - District 11 Candidate Applications may include a resume and statement of interest but at a minimum, must contain an address and brief biography. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.


Washington County Board Approves 'dark store' referendum

Voters in Washington County will be asked on the November 6, 2018 ballot whether the state Legislature should take action to close the 'dark store' property tax law loophole.

"Wisconsin's entire property tax system is based on equity," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "The current 'dark store' loophole is a threat to this system and risks continued shifting of the property tax burden from commercial and industrial properties to residential taxpayers."

'Dark store' refers to the practice of commercial taxpayers appealing their property tax assessments and, in many cases, owing less in taxes as a result. Commercial retailers argue on the grounds that their buildings should be assessed the same as a vacant building of the same size.

"Our County Board thought it was necessary to ask voters if the equity of the property tax should be preserved and dark store loopholes be eliminated," added Schoemann.

For voters in Washington County, the question will ask:

Should the state legislature enact proposed legislation that closes the Dark Store loopholes, which currently allow commercial retail properties to significantly reduce the assessed valuation and property tax of such properties, resulting in a substantial shift in taxes levied against other tax paying entities, such as residential home owners, and/or cuts in essential services provided by an affected municipality?

According to County Clerk Ashley Reichert, the Advisory Referendum - Property Tax 'Dark Store Loopholes' will be located on the back of the November 6th, 2018 General Election ballot. "As this referendum is advisory, it will empower the citizens of Washington County to share their opinion, in a non-binding manner, on the specific topic of Dark Store Loopholes," she added.



County Certifies Child Care Providers

Washington County Human Services Department approves and monitors providers who operate a family child care business out of their Washington County home. If you are interested
in caring for children in your home our certified child care staff can explain the process.

Certified child care providers understand child development needs and plan activities to help children grow and stay safe.

For information about becoming a certified family child care provider, please call Washington County Human Services at 262-335-4687.


Energy Assistance Program

If you have a utility bill and need financial assistance, check out our program guidelines!


Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department earns national achievement award

WASHINGTON - The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

Washington County and Ozaukee County regionalized public health services in 2016 with the formation of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department. The Counties collectively serve 220,000 residents. NACo is recognizing the new entity and its efforts to promote intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in addressing shared problems.  This is the only program in Wisconsin to be recognized by the organization in 2018 and the first ever Achievement Award given to a Wisconsin County in the category of Health. 

"We are honored to be recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) naming our initiatives with exceptional efforts throughout the nation," stated Health Officer Kirsten Johnson.  This is the only program receiving

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, "Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents."

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo's annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Annual Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2018
CONTACT: Fred Wong , NACo
CONTACT: Kirsten Johnson, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Learn more at www.naco.org


2017 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

2017 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

The second installment of postponed real estate taxes are due on or before July 31 to the Washington County Treasurer. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than July 31st to be considered timely.

Checks are to be made payable to the Washington County Treasurer and mailed to 432 E Washington St, PO Box 1986, West Bend WI 53095-7986. Enclose the payment stub from your tax bill or write your tax parcel number on your check. If you would like a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

You can use the Washington County website www.co.washington.wi.us to look up your tax information by either your parcel number or the address of the property. From the County’s home page, click on Departments, then click on County Treasurer, and click on the Tax Information link.

If you need assistance, please contact the Washington County Treasurer's office at 262-335-4324. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Economic Development Washington County (EDWC) Develops Plan to Operate without County Taxes

County Board Approves EDWC Sustainability Plan
At its March 13th meeting, the Washington County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to support Economic Development Washington County without County tax contributions beginning in 2022. The plan "doubles down" on investment in the County's Economic Development Strategy. It funds the County's Revolving Loan Fund programs to the tune of an additional $10 million and steps down the County's contributions to EDWC's operating budget over the next five years (2018-2022). The result is an astonishing $18.5 million dollar evergreen fund for economic development enabling EDWC to use fees for service and interest earnings to sustain their operations.

"This plan is a great example of a strategic investment for Washington County," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "The direction and injection of tax payer resources to economic growth and vitality of the County through EDWC with the intent to attract, retain and develop businesses is no coincidence." Economic Growth and Vitality was named a top priority in the County's priority based budgeting exercise.

EDWC has geared their efforts into growing the current economic status of Washington County through decision support, deal structuring, and consulting services. The ultimate goal is to create an attractive and competitive economic atmosphere. With 98% of EDWC customers being existing Washington County corporations, EDWC's success includes 2,222 new jobs created, $146,742,504 new annual wages, and $491,377,913 in new annual sales over the past six years (2011-2016).

"EDWC has become recognized statewide how it innovatively structures deals to create a win-win for both Washington County growth companies and the local residents who work for them," said EDWC's Executive Director, Christian Tscheschlok, "funding our work in this way extends that innovative capability to fuel a self-sustaining growth engine, adding a third win: a lesser burden for taxpayers as the base grows from each resulting success."

In 2017, the County created an Advisory Committee to meet with various entities such as EDWC with the objective to work together and develop an effective financial sustainability plan that will assist each entity to become independent of County funding to sustain their operations. EDWC's plan marks the first outside entity plan to be approved by the County Board. Earlier, the County Board approved the Transportation Network Sustainability Plan to fund road maintenance and the Parks Fiscal Sustainability Plan to fund parks. These initiatives have enabled Washington County to better meet taxpayer demands to achieve lower taxes and quality services.


2018 Full Service Clean Sweep

2018 Full Service Clean Sweep
 
October 6th (Saturday - 8 am - Noon)

Washington County Highway Facility  
 

900 Lang Street

West Bend, WI 53090

The Full Service Clean Sweep is an opportunity for 
Washington County residents to properly dispose or recycle unwanted
Hazardous Waste, Electronics, TV's and Large Household Appliances 
Pharmaceutical Medication and Used Tires.

There is a $30.00/Vehicle Pre-Registration Fee charged for disposal of Hazardous Waste, Electronics, TVs and Large Appliances. Pharmaceutical Medication Collection is FREE of Charge.
Disposal Fees Apply for Tires. 

www.co.washington.wi.us/cleansweep




2018 Budget-in-Brief is Now Available

The Budget-in-Brief is a summary document of the County's 2018 Budget. Please refer to the Finance Department Website Page for the full budget document.