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…
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 …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The project, which originally was budgeted for $36.7 million, received favorable bids, according to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.
The new Waukesha County Health and Human Services building on the Moor Downs Golf Course is coming in under budget, according to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. Construction on the building started this spring, and is currently coming in at $1.5 million under budget. The original budget for the project was $36.7 million. Waukesha County received favorable bids for the HHS Building both last year and this year and was able to coordinate and procure materials allowing for a strong construction start this spring, states the news release. The $35.2 million building is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. “The beautiful, highly efficient new building will truly be a gem in Waukesha County,” Vrakas said. “The work that will be …
Friday, August 24, 2012
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Neighboring communities like Brookfield and Menomonee Falls give double, and sometimes quadruple, what the average Sussex resident does.
Sussex is in the top 20 percent of municipalities around the country when it comes to charitable giving, according to a report released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. This is compared to neighboring communities like Brookfield where residents were in the top 3 percent. Residents in Menomonee Falls were in the top 10 percent of the country in terms of charitable giving. The report, titled "How America Gives," examined Internal Revenue Service data from 2008 — the most recent year available — and provides detail down to the ZIP code level about the generosity of people in particular geographic areas. The report's website also includes an interactive database that allows users to research charitable giving by state, community or …
Sheriff Dan Trawicki is working with Sussex to upgrade the village’s top cop to a captain position.
Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki is working with the Sussex Village Board to upgrade the village’s top police officer from a lieutenant to a captain, a promotion that will cost the village roughly $13,000. Trawicki attended Tuesday night's Village Board meeting to show support for the plan and address any questions. The reason behind the upgrade is to reduce turnover with the position in Sussex. When a lieutenant wants to move through the ranks, the village loses an important part of its law enforcement. Trawicki agrees that the upgrade would mean more longevity and fewer turnovers. “I don’t want to speak on behalf of the village, but I think I will when I say both of our objectives is to have a person who will stay in the position …