Board of Review Notice: STATE OF WISCONSINTown of WheatonChippewa County Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Wheaton, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on May 22, 2024, from 6:00-8:00pm., at the Wheaton Town Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board: *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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 no later than 7 days before the first meeting of the board of review 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 Wheaton 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 determines before the first meeting of the board of review that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. Stats. 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 its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.   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 18th day of February 2024.   Scott Deutscher Wheaton Town Clerk

Town of Wheaton Board Town Chair Vacancy

The Town Chair position has become vacant again this time due to Bob Sworski resigning from the position.  With Bob’s permission we have included his resignation letter to help answer any questions residents/businesses may have at this time.  We appreciate Bob’s service to the Town of Wheaton having served on the Plan Commission and Town Board.

 

Click here for Resignation Letter

 

What happens with the open Town of Wheaton Board Town Chair position?

First, on August 16, 2023 during Town Board Special Meeting the town board created Town Vice Chair (1 of the Town Supervisors) via Resolution 2023-02 in order to keep town operations running if there was a Town Chair vacancy.  

Second, after Bob Sworski was appointed to the Town Chair position the Vice Town Chair position was filled with Alice Droske.  Alice will be handling Town Chair responsibilities during the Town Chair vacancy period.

Lastly, we will be filling the position of Town Chair previously held by Bob per State Statute 17.25:

 

17.25 Vacancies in town offices; how filled. Vacancies in town offices shall be filled as follows:

(1)(a)  In the town board, by the remaining supervisors and the town clerk, except when a special election is authorized under subd. 2, and par. (d) or as provided in s.9.10….

(1)(b) Vacancies in other elective town offices shall be filled by appointment by the town board, except as provided in ss. 8.50 (4) (fm) and 9.10, and except for vacancies caused by removal by the judge of the circuit court which latter vacancy shall be filled by that judge.

(1)(c) Persons appointed under this subsection to fill vacancies shall hold office for the residue of the unexpired term or, if a special election is ordered to fill a vacancy, until the successor is elected and qualified.

(1)(d) Any town board having more than 3 members may, if a vacancy in the office of supervisor occurs before June 1 in the year preceding expiration of the term of office, order a special election to fill the vacancy. If the town board orders a special election during the period beginning on June 1 and ending on November 30 of any year, the special election shall be held concurrently with the succeeding spring election. If the town board orders a special election during the period beginning on December 1 and ending on May 31 of the succeeding year, the special election shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November following the date of the order. A person so elected shall serve for the residue of the unexpired term.

Section 9.10 applies to recalled officers and is not applicable. Subdivision 2 applies to multiple vacancies and (1)(d) references a special election to fill the office of supervisor with specific timeframes and at the discretion of the board. Neither of these provisions will apply.

Therefore, an elector of the Town of Wheaton, which can include an existing Town Supervisor, will be appointed and take the oath of office and the seat at a future Town Board meeting. The person appointed to fill this vacancy shall hold office for the remaining of the unexpired term through April 2025.

 

Interested in the position?

Any town elector may apply for this appointment.

 

How to apply for the position?

Instructions will be provided at a later date once town board has met and established a timeline for filling the Town Chair vacancy.