Tuesday, April 23, 2013
For the 25th consecutive year Waukesha County receives the highest possible rating from Investor Services.
Waukesha County has been awarded triple-A bond ratings, which may help lower borrowing costs and taxes in the county. This is the highest rating possible given by Investors Service and Fitch Rating. In their bond rating report, Fitch Ratings highlighted Waukesha County’s strong fiscal management and diverse tax base, according to a release. “Prudent fiscal policies and budgetary conservatism have resulted in positive financial results,” Fitch Ratings highlighted in their report. Moody’s Investors Service said in their report that Waukesha County is in a strong financial position due to conservative budgeting practices. The report said, “we expect the County’s financial position to remain strong due to a history of conservative budgeting…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Did you know that the City of Waukesha does not have any homes on the market for $1 million? But the surrounding area has plenty of mansions for the life of luxury.
5558 Pauline’s Woods, Chenequa 31933 County Road K, Chenequa 246 Legend Heights, Wales N4978 County Road C, Chenequa 31150 Thompson Lane, Chenequa
Monday, February 11, 2013
Study examining space need at Waukesha County Courthouse will look at adding city offices to the county building.
A space needs analysis to determine if Waukesha County should rebuild or remodel the county courthouse could cost the city $15,632 as the city looks to see if it should locate offices to the courthouse. Waukesha County would pay $158,245 for the study that would review the possibility of relocating City Hall to the county building. The combined $173,877 expense is under the $250,000 budget proposed by the county. “The study will provide information on where the City Hall would be located in the building; what spaces could be shared; how access and security would be accommodated; the cost to the city for construction; other information needed to make an informed decision on this matter,” said City Administrator Ed Henschel in a memo to the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Waukesha County is funding a $250,000 study to review the space needs at the Waukesha County Courthouse.
With Waukesha County looking into its spacing needs at the courthouse, the City of Waukesha could get involved for one joint project. It’s only an idea at this point, but with the completion of a space needs analysis at City Hall and with the county beginning to look at space situation, City Administrator Ed Henschel said he thinks there could be a way for collaboration with the county. The consultants for Bray Architects, which conducted the city’s space needs analysis, wrapped up its review of City Hall in October. City Hall was built in 1966 and the possibilities of remodeling, rebuilding or remodeling the building would come at a high cost to the city. “By sheer coincidence, the same day that Bray submitted their report, I was meeting …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
While business leaders say the proposal for a $55 million bypass will be good for economy, area residents fear changes to the area.
Taxes and project costs, property values, environmental impacts and traffic noise, smell and safety are among the chief concerns among those opposing the proposed West Waukesha Bypass. Janet Pace was there about 50 years ago when the neighbors hired an attorney and put a stop to a bypass being placed along Merrill Hills Road/Highway TT. She’s still fighting the proposal, arguing the costs are too high and the neighbors will have to smell the diesel trucks that use the road. “I think this is absolutely ridiculous,” Pace said at a public hearing Tuesday evening at Waukesha North High School that was attended by more than 50 people. Government transportation officials are reviewing four alternatives for the west side of Waukesha. One option …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
See a sampling of local job opportunities around the county.
Looking for work in Waukesha County? Here's a roundup of openings, according to indeed.com and employer websites. Are you an employer? Post your job openings in the comments section below.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
While County Executive Dan Vrakas' budget calls for an overall increase in levy, county property taxes for a typical home should decrease by about $2.
Waukesha County's property tax levy would increase slightly, but the tax bill for a median home would decline under the 2013 budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas Tuesday. The proposed $273.7 million budget cuts overall spending by 3.8 percent or $10.9 million from the 2012 budget. The total property taxes being collected, however, would increase by 0.8 percent — from $100.9 million in 2012 to $101.7 million. However, because home values have fallen by 4.85 percent from 2011 to 2012, the property tax rate would increase from $1.96 to $2.11 per $1,000 of equalized value, under the proposed budget. The median home value in the 2012 budget was $255,642, which was taxed $514 in that budget. The median home value in Waukesha County is…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
West Nile Virus cases increasing in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
West Nile Virus is being attributed to the deaths of two southeastern Wisconsin residents – including one in Waukesha County, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Waukesha County resident was above age 50 and died in late August, according to Julianne Klimetz of the Waukesha County executive’s office. The fatality is considered a probable cause of West Nile Virus. “It hasn’t been confirmed yet,” Klimetz said. “We don’t have the test results back.” The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Wednesday that three people in Waukesha County had probably contracted the virus. The two residents with probable cases that did not result in a fatality are recovering from the disease, according to Klimetz. “They are doing well …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Three crows tested positive for the disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. One person in Wisconsin has reportedly been infected by the virus.
Three crows in Waukesha County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials said Tuesday. The three birds were found last month in New Berlin, City of Pewaukee and the Town of Brookfield. The Wisconsin Division of Health recently informed Waukesha County officials about the crows having received the mosquito-transmitted virus. Surveillance began May 1, according to a news release from Waukesha County. Waukesha County will continue surveillance for the virus until the end of mosquito season. Testing will be discontinued, but reports of sick or dead crows, blue jays or ravens should still be reported. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610. The positive results …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas shares how Waukesha County has grown during the past decade and become a top county in Wisconsin.
As county executive, I have the honor and privilege of speaking to many different groups throughout the County. Whenever I am speaking to one of these groups, I tell them that Waukesha County is a powerhouse and this couldn’t be more true. Waukesha County is the third largest county in population, and the second fastest-growing county in Southeastern Wisconsin. We are the lowest per capita spending county in the state and second in value. We are one of only a handful of AAA/aaa bond rated counties in the United States. In the last 50 years the population of Waukesha County has nearly doubled, and from the year 2000 to 2010, Waukesha County added about 30,000 residents. That is the equivalent of adding a city nearly the size of Menomonee …