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June 2, 2020

5/22/2020 1:25:00 PM
Tax installment resolution passed by county board

Interest and penalty will be waived on property tax payment installments due April 1, 2020 for the 2019 tax season after the Iowa County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing that action Tuesday at their monthly meeting.
The ability of a taxation district to waive interest and penalties on property tax payment installments due or on April 1, 2020 follows Governor Evers signing into law ACT 185 on April 15. The resolution only applies to taxpayers who have paid their first installment by January 31 to earn the second installment option. Delinquent parcels will continue to accrue interest and penalty from February 1.
The resolution is a method of assisting taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
With the county signing the resolution each municipality will have the option to participate by also passing a resolution. Taxpayers will have two months to pay their second half installment without being charged interest and penalty.
There could be one to 29 municipalities participating.
The county is the tax collector and disperses the collections to the municipalities and school districts. There is a possibility that those governmental units would have to use some short term borrowing until funds can be dispersed.
Board chairman John Meyers said he would hope that people with the means to pay their taxes on time will do so.
In further action relating to finances the board passed eight resolutions allowing the transfer of funds for certain accounts with one a budget amendment for various departments.
The board spent some time on amending via ordinance, rules the board uses to operate. Use of zoom for meetings was the major change. Supervisors support keeping zoom for the public to attend meetings even after rules of social distancing are relaxed.
The board passed an amended version of their committees, commissions and board structure which moves matters directly to the Executive Committee as that is where the matters will end up in the end.
The supervisors began the meeting with a moment of silence was held for retired Iowa County Highway Department employees Scott Reddell and Greg Parman who recently passed away.
The moment also included the wife of UW-Extension Agent Paul Ohlrogge.
Committee appointments were approved as recommended by Chairman Meyers. They include Mark Storti to the Veterans Service Commission and the Iowa County Library Board; Bob Bunker to the Land Conservation Committee, Carol Anderson to the Iowa County Library Board, Larry Nelson to the SW Library Board, Laura Jean Blotz to the Land Information Council, Dixie Edge to the Land Information Council, Charles Anderson to the Pecatonica Rail Transit Commission and the Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission, Britan Grimmer to the Pecatonica Rail Commission, Bruce Bowden to the Land Information Council and Arnie Christen to the Iowa County Airport Commission.
The board approved creating a Highway Funding Committee and the Law Enforcement Center Building Committee. Meyers appointed Curt Peterson, Dave Gollon and Alex Ray to the Highway Funding Committee and Curt Peterson, Steve Deal, Joan Davis, Bruce Paull and Jeremy Meek to the Law Enforcement Building Committee.
The supervisors discussed a dollar limit as to what the LEBC committee could approve before coming back to the board. The committee is meeting  June 8 and Peterson suggested setting a limit then. Supervisor Benish asked that the entire board gets to vote on the limits.
Meyers cautioned the board that if the committee does not have the authority to approve, it could cost the county thousands of dollars a day.
The committee was instructed to set the limits and bring back their thoughts back to the board for approval.
Also approved were the board's standing committees along with sub-committees, boards and commission members as presented by Myers.
With this being the first meeting after the recent election and the board having new members the Wisconsin Counties Association held a zoom conference about meeting protocol.
In other business the board:
-heard an announcement from Meyers that gypsy moth spraying is underway in the county.
-received the 2019 year end report from Iowa County Register of Deeds Dixie Edge.
-approved the Iowa County logo proposed by Kristen Mitchell Designs.

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