Town Road Con$truction

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2ZC7ST

Front page story from August 2019 newsletter:

A Town government’s main responsibility has always been and will remain to be road construction and maintenance.  What has changed over the years is the cost of maintaining the roads.  The Town of Pleasant Valley has 67.36 miles of road to maintain and approximately $200,000 budgeted per year for road construction and maintenance.  The current cost of milling and overlay paving 1 mile of road is approximately $200,000. In 2006 this amount was $75,000.   If the current average costs were to remain the same, the Town road surface replacement schedule would be spread out over approximately 67 years. The most efficient schedule for milling and paving is 20 – 30 years.  Other common road maintenance expenses have escalated similarly.  Our current average schedule for chip sealing is 25-30 years, the most efficient schedule is 5-7 years. Crack filling average schedule is 12-15 years with the most efficient schedule at 3 years. These increasing costs have put all towns and certainly Pleasant Valley in a difficult situation. The cost of maintaining roads has simply exceed our allowable budget. 
A 20th century budget cannot support a 21st century economy.

How Did We Get to This Point?
In 2006, the State of Wisconsin placed limits on the amount a Town can levy.  A levy is the amount a Town can tax the taxpayers of the municipality.  This amount is spread out equally among the tax payers based on assessed values of property.  A low spending Town at the time of the levy limit caps was forced to remain a low spending Town with no ability to increase taxes to cover the increasing monetary demands. i.e. road construction and maintenance, fuel, vehicle maintenance, salaries, utilities. These demands have simply over run our allowed spending.  The only levy increase a Town is allowed each year is the percent of net new construction.  Typically, for the Town of Pleasant Valley this is 1-2% per year for a net increase of approximately $10,000.  Many Towns do not have any growth and therefore do not have an annual levy increase.

 What Are the Options?
1. Continue the funding route we are on and only complete a fraction of the miles of road we should be improving with our existing budget.  With this option, many of our lesser traveled roads will eventually be turned back to gravel.

2. State Statute allows for a Town Board to approve a loan via resolution. If the Board were to take out a loan for road construction, the annual payments are then added to the allowable levy to cover the interest and principal each year.

3. State Statute also allows Towns with a population over 3000 to increase the levy via referendum. A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them by the Town Board for a direct decision.  Pleasant Valley’s current population is estimated to be 3356.  A referendum can ask the voters for a specified dollar increase to the levy for any length of time, including permanently. An increase in the levy would allow for the completion of more road projects annually and avoid any interest payments which would result from a loan.  If the Town Board were to choose to place a referendum on a ballot, state statute dictates how the question is worded.  Due to the information required in a referendum question, November 2020 would be the soonest feasible election you may see a referendum question.  If the board decides to place a question on the ballot, a public hearing would also be held prior to the Election to answer any questions the voters may have regarding the referendum.

The Town Board takes all of the above options very seriously.  As the Town continues to fall behind in the ability to fund necessary road construction and maintenance projects, the need for an increase in funding is becoming increasingly apparent.

How Would A Levy Increase Affect My Taxes?

          $200,000 Levy Increase
Creates an additional mill rate of .000565832
This amount increases taxes $56.58 per $100,000 of assessed property value  
               $100,000 Levy Increase
Creates an additional mill rate of .000282916
-This amount increases taxes $28.29 per $100,000 of assessed property value  

*These numbers are based on 2019 assessed values.  As the Town continues to grow, the same amount of levied dollars is spread out over an increased value, netting out a decrease in the taxed amount per assessed dollar. These numbers reflect only the Town portion of your real estate tax bill.  Approximately 13% of your real estate tax bill is Town tax.  We cannot predict any increases or decreases in County, School or Technical College levied dollars from one year to the next.  

The Town Board would like to ask that you take a few minutes to participate in a one question survey regarding road funding.
Please visit:    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2ZC7ST 
 The survey will be open until November 1st .
The Board appreciates your feedback and thanks you for your participation.


The Town Board will continue to keep you informed of any proposed referendum questions in the future.  Any questions or comments can be sent to townofpleasantvalley@gmail.com or by contacting any board member.


October Meeting Date Change

The regularly scheduled Town Board meeting on October 14, 2019 has been changed. The new date will be October 7, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Town Hall located in Cleghorn.


2020 Budget Meetings

Notice of Public Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting of Electors

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall in Cleghorn a Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budget of the Town of Pleasant Valley in Eau Claire County will be held. After October 20th, the proposed budget summary will be posted at the Town Hall in Cleghorn and at www.townofpleasantvalley.com The budget in detail will be available for inspection by appointment at the clerk’s office at W165 Woodridge Dr, Eau Claire, WI.
Phone # 715-878-4645

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, immediately following the completion of the Public Hearing of the Proposed Budget, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall in Cleghorn, a Special Town Meeting of the Electors called pursuant to Section 60.12(1) (c) of Wis. Statutes by the town board for the following purpose will be held:  (1)To adopt the 2019 town tax levy to be paid in 2020 pursuant to Section 60.10(1)(a) of Wis. Statutes.


Eau Claire County Zoning Ordinance Updates

Eau Claire County Planning and Development is in the process of updating the County Zoning Ordinance. The Town of Pleasant Valley is under Eau Claire County Zoning. An informational meeting for the public will be held at the Washington Town Hall on Wednesday, May 15th from 6-8pm. The public is invited to attend.


Notice of Possible Quorums

In compliance to the State of Wisconsin Open Meetings Law requirements, public notice is hereby given that members of the Pleasant Valley Town Board will attend a meeting conducted by the Eau Claire County Planning and Development to discuss ongoing Title 18 Comprehensive Zoning Updates.

Thursday, April 25 from 4-6pm
Town of Washington
Municipal Building
5750 Old Town Hall Rd

In compliance to the State of Wisconsin Open Meetings Law requirements, public notice is hereby given that members of the Pleasant Valley Town Board will attend a Safety Seminar conducted by the Rural Mutual Insurance.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 12:30-3:30
Town of Pleasant Valley
Town Hall
S10414 Cty RD HHI

No formal action or discussion of Town business will take place at these events.

Jen Meyer
Clerk/Treasurer
Town of Pleasant Valley

Posted and placed on website – April 19, 2019


Public Tax Collections

Public Tax Collections at the Town Hall

Thursday, December 27th from 2pm-7pm

Tuesday, January 29 from 2pm-7pm

 

Tax payments can be mailed to:

Town of Pleasant Valley
W165 Woodridge Dr
Eau Claire, WI  54701

 

Questions?  Contact Clerk/Treasurer Jen Meyer at 715-878-4645 or townofpleasantvalley@gmail.com


TYPE A – Spring Election – Town Board

NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION

TOWN OF PLEASANT VALLEY

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY

APRIL 2, 2019

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an election to be held in the Town of Pleasant Valley, Eau Claire County, on the 2nd day of April, 2019 being the first Tuesday of said month, the following are to be elected.

A CHAIRPERSON, for the term of two years, to succeed Daniel Hanson whose term will expire on the 15th day of April, 2019.

A SUPERVISOR, for the term of two years, to succeed

Douglas Nelson whose term will expire on the 15th day of April, 2019.

A SUPERVISOR, for the term of two years, to succeed

Dan Green whose term will expire on the 15th day of April, 2019.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that nomination papers will be used for nomination of officers.  The first day for circulating nomination papers is December 1, 2018.  The last day for candidates for the spring election to file nomination papers, declarations of candidacy and campaign registration statements with the Town Clerk is 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.  The Spring Primary election if required will be on Tuesday, the 19th day of February, 2019.  Nomination forms are available at the clerk’s office at W165 Woodridge Dr, Eau Claire, WI. 54701 by appointment. (715-878-4645)

 

Given under my hand this 9th day of November, 2018.

 

Jennifer Meyer, Town Clerk / Treasurer

Town of Pleasant Valley

 

 

 

Publish on 4th Tuesday of November

Due 1st Tuesday in January (or next business day if a holiday)

Terms end the day before the 3rd Tuesday in April


Absentee Voting

In-person absentee voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election is scheduled Monday- Friday beginning on October 22 and ending on November 2.  Make sure to bring your Photo ID.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Town Hall will be open for walk-in voter registration and in-person absentee voting between the hours of 10am-4pm.  Address is: S10414 Cty Rd HHI located in Cleghorn.

ADDITIONAL DAY:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd at the Town Hall from 11am-5pm.

Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 10am-5pm will be by appointment only by contacting Clerk Jen Meyer at 715-878-4645 or townofpleasantvalley@gmail.com

Absentee by Mail: To receive your absentee ballot by mail, please see the following link: CLICK HERE and then click on “Absentee Ballot Information”


Board of Review – July 27, 2018

Notice for the Board of Review 2018
Town of Pleasant Valley
Eau Claire County

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Pleasant Valley, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, shall hold its adjourned first meeting on July 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Town Hall located at S10414 Cty Hwy HH/I, Eleva, WI 54738.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board:

  1. No person will be allowed to appear before the board of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to enter onto property to conduct an exterior view of such property being assessed.
  2. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or provide information to a member of the board about the person’s objection, except at a session of the board. Open book shall occur no less than 7 days prior to the board of review.
  3. The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.
  4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.
  5. When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
  6. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the assessor’s manual under s. 73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The Town of Pleasant Valley has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court.* The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. stats.
  7. The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in it’s discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.
  8. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take.

Notice is hereby given this 1st day of July 2018.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Town of Pleasant Valley

Jen Meyer, Town Clerk/Treasurer

 


Open Book – July 20, 2018

Notice that Assessment Roll is Available for Examination

For the Town of Pleasant Valley

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the assessment roll for the Town of Pleasant Valley will be open for inspection on the 20th day of July, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Town Hall located at S10414 Cty Rd HH/I in Cleghorn, and

 

FURTHER, BE ADVISED that the Assessor for the Town of Pleasant Valley will be present on the said date at the Town Hall in Cleghorn, and at said meeting instructional materials shall be available.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Meyer, Town Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Pleasant Valley at 878-4645.

 

Dated this 1st day of July 2018

Respectfully submitted,

Town of Pleasant Valley

Jen Meyer, Town Clerk