OPEN TAXPAYER NEWS
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.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the time we honor those who
are special in our hearts. This year I have an opportunity to have my
Belgian granddaughters (and my daughter) with me. Eva, 5 ½ years, loves
parties and so we are going to have a belated Valentine’s Day Party with her
decorations and cookie toppings. Sara, 2 ½ years, will be Eva’s assistant in
all things. With the huge clothing sales, I was able to purchase a party dress
for each girl, which has required several descriptions over the phone as Eva
tries to imagine how beautiful she will be. Kids bring me back to what’s
really important: Make each day “young” and your day is truly priceless!
I’m sure you are tired of hearing about economic development (and the
economy in general) but with the temporary (hopefully) closing of one of
our businesses, the threat of another closing, and the expansion at the
Brooklyn Community Bank delayed, it is not an exaggeration to say our
commercial base is struggling. Why does this matter? When you add the
current depressed economy, our harsh increase in sewer rates and our empty
storefronts altogether, the message sent is this is a dying town and buying a
house or establishing a business here is ill advised. That impacts on all of
us. But there is a resilience and strength in our community as well. Our
property values have remained, in spite of the last year and a half,
surprisingly constant. We have had foreclosures and individuals leave
because of threat of foreclosure, and these numbers (hard to pin down
exactly) have been less than would be expected. The percentage of
delinquent taxes, an indicator of local financial stress, is 7% for Green
County Village residents and 4% for Dane County Village residents. This is
very sobering but given the national picture, better than average. Most of
all, the activities and commitment of so many members of our committees
with a “can do”, “won’t quit” attitude is testimony that the most important
factor needed for any community to recover is here in abundance.
This spring, the Economic Development Committee and the Planning and
Zoning Commission will be seeking your input on a number of subjects.
Such as, quality of life ideas, community land use planning, business parks,
downtown rehabilitation, where do you shop, what business would you like
to see in Brooklyn, and, generally, who are you and what do you want
Brooklyn to be in a few years, or in 20 years, to name a few. This