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Public Notice for November 8, 2022 Referendum

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NOTICE OF NOVEMBER 8, 2022 REFERENDUM (PDF)


NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

CITY OF WHITEWATER

 November 8, 2022

 

Referendum Election Details

At an election to be held in the City of Whitewater, Walworth and Jefferson Counties, Wisconsin,  on November 8, 2022,  the following proposed Resolution  will be submitted to a vote of the people:

 

RESOLUTION APPROVING A PUBLIC SAFETY REFERENDUM ELECTION BALLOT IN THE CITY OF WHITEWATER, 

WALWORTH COUNTY AND JEFFERSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN

 

WHEREAS, the City staff of City of Whitewater has demonstrated the need for a city municipal fire and rescue department to serve the City’s residents and surrounding townships; and

 

WHEREAS, Whitewater Fire Department, Inc., has provided fire and emergency services to the City of Whitewater for several years; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been increasingly difficult for the Whitewater Fire Department, Inc., to have a sufficient number of members to provide the quality of service it desires to provide to the City; and

 

WHEREAS, after many months of discussion and consideration, the City of Whitewater and Whitewater Fire Department, Inc., have decided that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Whitewater to agree to cooperate to establish, staff and operate a City of Whitewater Municipal Government Fire and Emergency Services Department; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Whitewater, under Wis. Stats. §66.0602(2) relating to local levy limits, does not have the capacity to increase the City’s property tax levy to pay for the establishment, staffing and operation of a City of Whitewater Municipal Government Fire and Emergency Services Department; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Whitewater has the authority to approve a referendum election ballot for a regular or special election; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed and discussed a referendum election ballot for the November 8, 2022 Fall Election at the regular City Council meeting on August 16, 2022, for that purpose and with due notice having been given as required by law.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Whitewater, Walworth County and Jefferson County, Wisconsin, does hereby approve the following referendum election ballot to be considered at the November 8, 2022 Fall Election for electors in the City of Whitewater:

 

“Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of Whitewater for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year 2023 is limited to 7.673%, which results in a levy of $4,656,852. Shall the City of Whitewater be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year 2023 for the purpose of establishing, staffing and operating a City of Whitewater Municipal Government Fire and Emergency Services Department (Municipal Department), by a total of 23.621%, which results in a levy of $5,756,852, and on an ongoing basis, include the increase of $1,100,000 for each fiscal year going forward?”

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council establishes the following explanatory statement and effect of vote on the referendum election ballot:

 

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT AND EFFECT OF VOTE

The City Council of the City of Whitewater, Walworth County and Jefferson County, Wisconsin, recognizes that a Governing Body has control over the City’s property tax levy up to the limits imposed by Wisconsin State Statutes. The City does not have the tax levy capacity under these limits to increase the property taxes to pay for the establishment, staffing and operation of a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department. The City Council desires to put this question to the voters in the form of a referendum election ballot to be voted on during the November 8, 2022 Fall Election in order to determine if voters are willing to pay additional property taxes of $1,100,000 per year for the establishment, staffing and operation of a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department. The referendum election ballot will ask City of Whitewater electors to vote “yes” or “no” on the referendum election question as set forth above. A “yes” vote on the question means that the elector is in favor of $1,100,000 of additional taxation by the City of Whitewater through an ongoing increase in the annual property tax levy to establish, staff and operate a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department. A “no” vote on the question means that the elector is not in favor of $1,100,000 of additional taxation to pay to establish, staff and operate a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department. Resolution introduced by Councilmember Allen who moved its adoption. Seconded by Councilmember Schreiber.  AYES: McCormick, Schreiber, Gerber, Majkrzak, Allen, Smith. NOES: None. ABSENT: Brown. ADOPTED:  August 16, 2022.

 

Steve Hatton, Acting City Manager                           Michele R. Smith, City Clerk

  

Ballot Text

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

 

“Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of Whitewater for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year 2023 is limited to 7.673%, which results in a levy of $4,656,852. Shall the  City of Whitewater be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year  2023 for the purpose of establishing, staffing and operating a City of Whitewater Municipal  Government Fire and Emergency Services Department (Municipal Department), by a total of  23.621%, which results in a levy of $5,756,852, and on an ongoing basis, include the increase of  $1,100,000 for each fiscal year going forward?”

 

Yes   or    No                                                         

             

Explanation

 

The City Council of the City of Whitewater, Walworth County and Jefferson County, Wisconsin, recognizes that a Governing Body has control over the City’s property tax levy up to the limits imposed by Wisconsin State Statutes. The City does not have the tax levy capacity under these limits to increase the property taxes to pay for the establishment, staffing and operation of a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department. The City Council desires to put this question to the voters in the form of a referendum election ballot to be voted on during the November 8, 2022 Fall Election in order to determine if voters are willing to pay additional property taxes of $1,100,000 per year for the establishment, staffing and operation of a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department.  The referendum election ballot will ask City of Whitewater electors to vote “yes” or “no” on the referendum election question as set forth above.  A “yes” vote on the question means that the elector is in favor of $1,100,000 of additional   taxation by the City of Whitewater through an ongoing increase in the annual property tax levy  to establish, staff and operate a municipal government Fire and Emergency Services Department.  A “no” vote on the question means that the elector is not in favor of $1,100,000 of  additional taxation to pay to establish, staff and operate a municipal government Fire and  Emergency Services Department.                                                                  

 

                                                                               Done in the City of Whitewater this 1st day of September, 2022.   

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                          (Signature of clerk giving notice)

                                                                                                       (Title of clerk)

 

 

(Note:   The Type C Notice of Referendum is published by the clerk responsible for the referendum on the day preceding the referendum election.  If a weekly paper is used for publication, the notice is published in the closest preceding issue to the day before the referendum election.  If a jurisdiction chooses to post this notice in lieu of publication, the notice must be posted no later than one week before the election.) 

 

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