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Lisbon Votes on Merger with Sussex Tuesday

The long-awaited vote to merge will be on the back of Lisbon’s primary election ballot on Tuesday.

After months of public forums and opposition from both Lisbon residents and members on the Town Board, the decision to potentially consolidate Lisbon with the Village of Sussex will be on the back of Tuesday’s .

According to the Sussex Sun, the back of the ballot will read, "If the terms of the consolidation were reasonable, would you be 'for' or 'against' the consolidation of Lisbon and Sussex into a new municipality?"

However, the referendum will only be on Lisbon residents’ ballots to gauge how interested locals are in the potential merger. The vote is also nonbinding, meaning it’s just to give the Town Board direction on whether or not to proceed.

During at the , Waukesha County officials like County Executive Dan Vrakas and Sheriff Dan Trawicki said they supported the idea to continue investigating the consolidation. While they didn’t specifically say whether they supported the actual merger, Trawicki said Lisbon residents need to let go of any hard feelings.

“I see no reason why you would vote against just moving forward,” Trawicki said. “It makes no sense to me to vote to say you’re not even interested in listening… You’ve got to turn the page. Sussex did some things that you all think are wrong. And I think Lisbon did some things that they all think are wrong.”

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But some Lisbon Town Board members agreed that, even if there were a majority vote on Tuesday to continue looking into the merger, it would need to be a vast majority. They said if residents voted in favor of the plan by only a small number of votes.

"There is going to have to be a strong indication of support for the board to proceed, Ryan and I might have a slight difference in how you define strong," said Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

While a consolidation could mean higher taxes for Lisbon residents and lower taxes for Sussex residents, it would increase the level of services Lisbon residents are currently receiving. If the town doesn’t merge with Sussex, Gehrke says Lisbon will struggle with maintaining the current quality of life for residents without drastically increasing taxes.

To read more about the effects of a merger, check out . Also, be sure to check back with Sussex Patch to see how Lisbon residents voted. Those numbers will be published as soon as they’re released. 

Mike B August 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Everyone I hear from who's actually educated on the political situation in Lisbon and who has done some research into things, seems to be very FOR this merger. However, most people post they're are against it but seem to just be posting out of spite or just because they don't like change. Good luck to Lisbon in the future if you don't go through with this. You're gonna need it...
Andy Ambrosius August 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
What a refreshing comment! Usually they're quite negative regarding this topic, so thanks for sharing, Mike. I'm excited to see how Lisbon votes today.
Sarah August 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
People definintely need to take note of the question. This is NOT becoming part of Sussex. This is to move forward WITH Sussex to decide if we should become a brand new municipality. Think it through, folks.

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