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DANE COUNTY:     Tax amounts are online.  T  axpayers can also get E-Bills and E-Receipts by going to http://accessdane.co.dane.wi.us/ clicking on the Public Access oval, and entering Property Information. In the right hand column under tax information, Click on E-Bill or E-Receipt. E-bill reproduces the tax bill and E-receipt shows the payments made for tax amounts. 

 GREEN COUNTY :   Tax information is online by going to www.co.green.wi.gov  and clicking on the Land Records System tab on the right

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Village of Brooklyn

Located in both Dane and Green Counties Wisconsin, the Village is conveniently
located half way between Madison and Janesville off Highway 14.  Our
neighborly small-town (population 1413) has excellent amenities: a great school
system; three Village parks; and a community center, which makes Brooklyn a
great place to live!
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VETERANS MEMORIAL
 
Be sure to check out our new website with updates on the memorial:
www.brooklynveteransmemorial.org
 
 
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HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
4:00-7:30PM

 

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
 
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NOVEMBER 4, 2014 ELECTION

Photo I.D. is NOT a requirement for voting at this election. 

Election day Poll Hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 102 N Rutland Ave, Community Building.  The North entrance on Hotel Street is handicap accessible. 

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November 4, 2014

VILLAGE ADVISORY REFERENDUM

Village of Brooklyn Municipal Court

  • INFORMATION SHEET

Three questions on the November 4, 2014 election ballot pertain to the Village of Brooklyn’s Municipal Court: Maintain our independent court? Merge our court with Belleville? or Abolish our court?  Please read carefully and contact the Clerk’s office if any questions at 455-4201. We appreciate your opinion.

 Because of the following issues, the Village Board has been evaluating what court options exist:

  • resignation of the Village’s elected Municipal Court Judge a year ago
  • difficulty in finding a qualified person to stand for judge 3 years ago
  • inability to hire a permanent court clerk
  • costs to train clerk or judge, especially if inexperienced, as knowledge ofthe law is becoming more complex
  • costs to upgrade our current court record system

 

The term for a Municipal Court Judge is four years; a substitute Judge has been appointed by the District V Court Administrator to complete Brooklyn’s current term, which expires in May 2015.  The Brooklyn Municipal Court processes an average of 12 citations/month or 144/year, prompting the Village to have discussions with the Belleville Municipal Court, Belleville Village President and Village Board about creating a merged court.  The option of abolishing our court was also explored and would require utilizing Dane and Green County’s Circuit Courts.  The Pros and Cons of each option are listed below.

    

QUESTION ONE:

Should the Village of Brooklyn continue to have its own Municipal Court?

PROS:

  • Presided by a locally elected Judge
  • Monthly evening court sessions
  • Free parking
  • Court session averages 30 minutes 
  • The defendant can discuss 1:1 with the Municipal Judge a plea agreement or special circumstance due to hardship 
  • All local ordinances are enforced as well as traffic code and state law violations
  • The Village attorney becomes involved with pre-trial conferences (usually by phone) or, rarely, prosecutes a trial
  • Forfeiture schedule set by local court
  • Local police officers do not travel elsewhere to court, if needed
  • Local control maintained because the Village Board writes and approves its own  ordinances

CONS:

  • The current Municipal Court budget is $7900 less revenue from citation court costs plus needed IT upgrade costs
  • Due to resignation, Brooklyn has not had its own elected Municipal Court Judge since September, 2013
  • It is difficult to find a qualified resident to be elected judge for a four year term who has the time available to meet the annual mandatory education required by the State
  • It is difficult to recruit a permanent certified municipal court clerk (certification now required by the State) who is able to meet the mandatory education requirement 

QUESTION TWO:

Should the Village of Brooklyn Municipal Court merge with the Village of Belleville Municipal Court or another Municipal Court?

PROS: 

  • The “Pros” are the same for merging with the Village of Belleville Municipal Court as maintaining a Brooklyn Municipal Court
  • The pool for more qualified candidates to run for judge is greater (a combined population of 3700 vs. 1400 for Brooklyn alone) because one judge is elected for the merged court 
  • The newly elected judge may live in Belleville or Brooklyn
  • Quality of service should remain the same
  • The Village of Brooklyn retains its own ordinances and forfeiture schedule

CONS:

  • The elected judge may live in Belleville or Brooklyn
  •  If the court is merged, evening court sessions would be held in Belleville (10 miles from       Brooklyn), for defendants who attend
  •  The final annual costs are unknown and should be reduced, but may be higher

 

QUESTION THREE:

Should the Village of Brooklyn Municipal Court be abandoned and administered by Circuit Courts in Dane & Green Counties?

PROS:

  • There would be no need to hold an election for Judge every four years
  • The administrative costs for the municipal court would be eliminated

CONS:

  •  For Dane County, local ordinances would not be enforced unless the Village Attorney would prosecute, at hourly rate, the ordinance violation
  •  If the court commissioner approves, the case is referred to the District Attorney’s office for a decision whether the DA’s office will litigate the case which is unlikely because of the high caseloads  
  • Dane County Circuit Court forfeiture is double the cost of the Village local court; for example, a speeding ticket for <10mph over limit is $175 vs. $89 at a local court
  • Accessibility is a problem as Dane County Circuit Court is held twice a week during work day; location is downtown Madison by City-County Building with limited ramp parking, $1.75/hour meters and expired meter tickets issued every half hour for $25 and $35  each
  • No Municipality in Dane County is using the Circuit Court to enforce its local ordinances
  • Green County Circuit Court handles all types of citations for Green County residents
  • Police officers, defendants travel to either Monroe or Madison to attend Circuit Court, if needed

 

 

 
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2015 BUDGET HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 AT 6:30 P.M.
Click on the Budget tab on the left to view a summary of all budgets.  A detailed report can be viewed at the Clerk's Office M-F from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
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 ORDINANCES
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING TAB ON THE LEFT. NOTE: MISSING ORDINANCES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
 
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Learn what NOT to flush down the drain

Free Family Movie Nights held on the First Saturday of the month
 
 
BOOKMOBILE VISIT
 
The Dane County Library Service bookmobile visits Brooklyn (right in front of the gazebo on Commercial St) every Thursday night from 6:30-8:00.  It's a great free resource!
 
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