Brown County Taxpayers Association

Brown County Taxpayers Association Brown County Taxpayers AssociationCounty Seat... Green Bay, WI Non-profit, Non-partisan, Chartered 1986 Focusing public attention on public expenditures.
Brown County Taxpayers Association County Seat... Green Bay, WI Non-profit, Non-partisan, Chartered 1986 Focusing public attention on public expenditures.

Monitoring public expenditures to eliminate waste, inefficiency, and duplication. Investigating current and proposed sources of government revenue in order to recommend the most equitable, efficient, and economical means of taxation. Informing citizens about their government, adhering at all times to facts, without prejudice, partisanship, or politics. Stimulating citizen action for better government with existing organizations to promote specific issues.

06/08/2020

The monthly meeting of the BCTA for June 18th is canceled.

05/20/2020

Brown County Taxpayers Association to appeal sales tax ruling by County Circuit Court

The Brown County Taxpayers Association (BCTA) today announced that it is appealing a recent ruling by Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski. BCTA contends Brown County’s action to impose a half-percent sales tax is not legal. Zakowski ruled in favor of the County.

The matter involves explicit language in a Wisconsin statute that specifies a county sales tax may be enacted “only for the purpose of directly reducing the property tax levy.” BCTA contends that the County violated the statute when it imposed the tax to fund an array of new projects.

BCTA President Rich Heidel explained the reason for the appeal: “To support his ruling, the judge relied considerably on a 1998 opinion by then Attorney General Jim Doyle. Even though the judge refers to the AG’s opinion as “presumptively correct”, it does not have the force of law and we believe the opinion is flawed. We need to have an appellate court take up this question.”

Heidel continued: “More than once we urged the County to take the question of a sales tax to a referendum. After all, this is a new tax of well over one hundred million dollars! But they declined to do so, a move which should deeply concern all Brown County residents.”

03/25/2020

Statement concerning our court case.

“At this time, I can share that the Brown County Taxpayers Association is both surprised and disappointed at today’s court decision. I’ve not yet had a chance to read and dissect the 32-page opinion and decision. Once I’ve had the opportunity to do so and we’ve had the chance to confer with our legal team, we’ll provide further information.” Richard Heidel

Brown County suit to be decided - Green Bay Press Gazette
09/04/2019
Brown County suit to be decided - Green Bay Press Gazette

Brown County suit to be decided - Green Bay Press Gazette

GREEN BAY – Can Brown County keep collecting a local sales tax to fund major construction projects, or will a judge order county leaders to refund millions of dollars?

07/29/2019
files.taxfoundation.org

https://files.taxfoundation.org/20190416201309/Tax-Freedom-Day-2019-2.pdf
https://files.taxfoundation.org/20190416201309/Tax-Freedom-Day-2019-2.pdf

03/06/2019
www.bctaxpayers.org

http://www.bctaxpayers.org/sites/default/files/2019-01-Jan-Feb.pdf

Jan-Feb 2019 Tax Times

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12/12/2018
The Season of Myths | MacIver Institute

The Season of Myths | MacIver Institute

The Season of Myths By MacIver Institute - December 12, 2018 Dan O'Donnell, Democrats, Gerrymandering, Gordon Hintz, Legislative Maps, Paul Krugman, Redistricting, Republicans [email protected] dismantles the most pernicious myth to arise out of Wisconsin’s midterm election: that Republicans only ...

Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale | MacIver Institute
10/08/2018
Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale | MacIver Institute

Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale | MacIver Institute

Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale By Matt Kittle - October 8, 2018 Expansion, Health Care, John Kasich, Medicaid, Minnesota, Obamacare, Ohio, Premiums, Scott Walker, Taxes, Tony Evers The Medicaid expansion states are now beginning to come to terms with the reality of “free” ...

05/15/2018
files.taxfoundation.org

https://files.taxfoundation.org/20180411105322/Tax-Foundation-TFD-2018.pdf

Tax Freedom Day 2018

05/15/2018

Up coming speakers

September 20: Jeff Mayers (WisPolitics)
October 18: Rep. John Macco

Any rebates will help the parents of children, but what about the childless among us. Many raised kids without any tax c...
02/22/2018
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Any rebates will help the parents of children, but what about the childless among us. Many raised kids without any tax credits. Just sayin'

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is Wisconsin's largest news organization and your source for breaking news, analysis and investigative reporting.

01/03/2018

Background info on the action taken by the Brown County Taxpayers Association against Brown County related to the County’s new sales tax:

The BCTA has taken this action for the following reasons:

We disagree with the way in which the matter was rushed through the approval process. The County Executive announced his plan for the sales tax on May 2nd, and the County Board rushed to approve it on May 17th, with one of the County's listening sessions scheduled ofr Mother's Day. During that approval process, numerous misrepresentations were made regarding how much of the sales tax is paid by non-residents. We asked County leadership to put this matter to a referendum which would have enabled thorough discussion and investigation of the proposal, but County leadership was not willing to permit the citizenry to weigh in on the matter. They were in a hurry to get their arms around that revenue stream of $147 million. We are convinced that if this matter had gone to referendum, it would have been rejected. We want the law followed, and believe that is not happening in this situation.

· First, the relevant portion of the state statute (77.70) reads as follows: “the county sales and use taxes may be imposed only for the purpose of directly reducing the property tax levy and only in their entirety”. Over the proposed six-year life of the sales tax, using the County’s own numbers released in May 2017, the property tax cuts amount to less than $20 million while the new sales taxes are $147 million.

· Second, the County’s plan attempts to use the sales tax to evade its property tax levy limit. 2005 Wisconsin Act 25 imposed levy limits on counties beginning in 2006. The amount of sales tax revenue projected is well in excess of the revenue which would be permitted under the property tax levy limit. The legislative intent of the levy limit is to constrain spending. This proposal circumvents that intent. The law provides that Counties may exceed their levy limits, but it requires approval via a referendum. As noted above, County leadership was too anxious to acquire this revenue stream to be bothered with a referendum.

BCTA is non-partisan, equal opportunity watchdog group.
11/03/2017

BCTA is non-partisan, equal opportunity watchdog group.

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06/18/2017
www.browncountytaxpayers.com

BCTA Letter to Green Bay City Council concerning the County Sales Tax Schemehttps://www.browncountytaxpayers.com/sites/default/files/20170617%20BCTA_GB%20City%20Council_Room%20%20%20Sales%20Taxes_0.pdf

02/17/2017

Beginning with our March 2017 meeting a new location for our monthly BCTA meetings (The Village Grille, corner of Hoffman and East River Drive, Allouez). There will be three selections from which to choose lunch – each one will be priced at $10 (including tip). Lunch is at 12:00 noon with monthly speakers presenting at 12:30 pm.

01/24/2017

The Brown County Taxpayers’ Association (“BCTA”) elected their slate of officers for 2017 at their monthly meeting on January 19, 2017. The newly installed officers are:
Rich Heidel – President
Rod Goldhahn – 1st Vice-President
Dave Dillenburg – 2nd Vice-President
Dave Nelson – Secretary
Tom Sladek – Treasurer
These individuals will serve in their new positions through October, 2017.
The BCTA meets on the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm at Doug Meikle’s “Take Five” 3600 Riverside Drive in Allouez. The public is welcome to attend.

Address

Green Bay, WI
54305-0684

General information

BY-LAWS OF THE BROWN COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION I ARTICLE - Name The name of the organization shall be the Brown County Taxpayers Association. (BCTA). II ARTICLE - Purpose The purpose of the Brown County Taxpayers Association shall be to promote fiscal responsibility by government. This will be achieved by: (a) Advocating the application of principals of good government administration. (b) Focusing public attention on public expenditures. (c) Monitoring public expenditures to eliminate waste, inefficiency, and duplication. (d) Investigating current and proposed sources of government revenue in order to: Recommend the most equitable, efficient and economical means of taxation. (e) Informing citizens about their government, adhering at all times to facts, without Prejudice, partisanship, or politics. (f) Stimulating citizen action for better government and cooperating with existing organizations to promote specific issues. III ARTICLE- Membership Section I - Any citizen who is 18 or more years of age, business establishment, or other organization interested in the stated purpose of the BCTA, shall be eligible for membership, subject to the provisions of Article V, and to approval by the board of directors in their absolute discretion. Section 2 - Application for membership shall be made by an application blank provided by the Association. The application shall be accompanied by the annual dues and shall be mailed or turned over to the treasurer. IV ARTICLE - Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated: (a) For nonpayment of dues. (b) By resignation, in writing, addressed and delivered to the President or the Secretary. The person resigning shall forfeit all right or claim of any nature whatsoever to, or against, the Association, its property, funds, directors, officers, or employees. (c) By resolution approved by a majority of the Board of Directors; such resolution need not show cause, shall be final, and there shall be no appeal therefrom. The person affected shall be entitled to the return of a proportion of any annual dues paid for the current fiscal year, after deducting therefrom, all monies owing to the Association, and the person affected shall have no recourse against the Association, its property, funds, directors, officers, or employees. V. ARTICLE - Disqualification for Committee Chairmanship or Office. No holder of any partisan elective office, shall be a director or hold any office on committee chairmanship in the Association, and any such position held in the Association shall immediately become vacated upon such candidacy, incumbency, or employment. VI. ARTICLE - Dues Section 1 - The annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors and payable by each member annually by the anniversary date of their joining the organization. Section 2 - There shall be no assessments over and above the annual dues. VII ARTICLE - Directors Section I - The government and the management of the Association shall be vested in a board of up to 21 elected directors, who shall be members in good standing at the time of the election. Section 2 - At the discretion of the President and approval of the Executive Committee, new directors may be appointed to serve initial 3-year terms of office, as long as the total number of directors does not exceed 21. Section 3 - One third of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum. Any member of the board who shall be absent from more than one-third of the meetings of the board during any fiscal year of the Association shall be deemed to have resigned as a member of the board, and shall thereupon cease to be a member thereof. Section 4 - Questions arising at any meeting of the board of directors shall be decided by a majority vote of those board members present. Section 5 - The board of directors, in addition to, or as part of its other powers, shall have the power to make rules and regulations not inconsistent with law or with these by-laws, and to do all other things they may deem necessary in the proper operation, government, and management of the Association. Section 6 - Meetings of the board of directors shall be held at least quarterly at a place and time fixed by the board or by the president. Special meetings of the board shall be held whenever called by the president, or by not less than one-fourth of the directors then in office. The secretary shall give notice of each regular and special meeting at least two days before the meeting to each director. At any meeting, at which every director shall be present, even though without notice, any business may be transacted. Section 7 - The board of directors may delegate from time-to-time, to suitable committees, any duties that are required to be executed during the intervals between meetings of the board, and such committees shall report to the board when and as required. Section 8 - Any action required by the by-laws, or any other action which may be taken at a meeting, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing setting forth the action has been signed by all of the directors thereof entitled to vote. VIII ARTICLE - Officers Section 1 - The elective officers of this Association shall be: a president, a first and second vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The board of directors may appoint or employ such other officers as it may deem necessary. Section 2 - The elective officers of the Association shall be elected by ballot by the board of directors from their own membership at the first board meeting after the annual meeting, to serve until the next annual meeting, or until their successors are elected. Section 3 - The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall perform all the acts and duties usually incident to such office, including the duty of presiding at all meetings of the members and of the board of directors. Section 4 - The vice presidents shall have the power and authority to perform all the functions and duties of the president, in his/her absence or disability. S/he shall perform such other duties as may from time-to-time be assigned to him/her by the board of directors. Section 5 - The secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the board of directors and the minutes of all meetings of the membership. S/he shall, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of secretary, and shall perform such other duties as may from time-to-time be assigned to him/her by the board of directors. Section 6 - The treasurer shall have custody of all funds and securities of the Association, and shall keep full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements in the books of the Association. S/he shall collect all monies due the Association, giving receipts in the Association's name. S/he shall endorse for collection, checks and other obligations and shall deposit the same and other funds of the Association in the name of the Association in such bank or banks as the board of directors shall designate. S/he shall pay by check, signed by either the president, the vice president, or the treasurer, any and all bills or obligations incurred by the Association or by any and all committees. S/he shall make an annual report of all funds received and disbursed, and shall also make a monthly report to the board of directors and the membership at their regular meetings. If required by the board of directors, s/he shall furnish a bond, at the expense of the Association, as security for the faithful performance of his/her duties in such sum as may be fixed by the board. S/he shall, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of treasurer. IX ARTICLE - Nomination of Directors Section I - Nominations for the directors to be elected at an annual meeting shall be made by a nominating committee of not less than three members of the Association which shall be appointed by the president. The nominating committee shall present its nominations to the secretary at least 15 days before the annual meeting, and the secretary shall have notice of such nominations in the hands of the members at least five days before the annual meeting. Nominations from the membership at large may be made at the annual meeting. X ARTICLE - Vacancies Section 1 - The office of a director, or of any officer, shall be deemed vacated if s/he shall be legally declared of unsound mind, or if s/he is convicted of a criminal offense, or by notice in writing to the Association resigning his/her office, or pursuant to Article VII, Section 3 of the by-laws. Section 2 - Any director or officer may be removed from office and a successor elected by resolution passed at a special meeting of the board called for that purpose. Section 3 - If any vacancy shall occur among the directors or officers by death, resignation, or otherwise, the remaining directors, by affirmative vote of a majority of those present at any meeting at which there is a quorum, may elect a successor to hold office for the unexpired portion of the vacated term, or until election of his/her successor. Section 4 - Vacancies in the executive committee shall be filled by the board of directors. XI ARTICLE - Committees Section 1 - The executive committee shall consist of three members appointed from the board of directors, in addition to the president, vice-presidents, secretary, and treasurer. The president shall be the chairman of the executive committee. During the intervals between the meetings of the board of directors, the executive committee shall have all the power of the board of directors of the Association in all cases in which specific directions shall not have been given by the board. The actions of the executive committee shall be binding on the Association. Any action shall be reported to the board of directors at its meeting next succeeding such action. A majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum, and questions arising at any meeting of the executive committee shall be decided by a majority vote of the committee. Section 2 - The president shall appoint, from time-to-time, such committees as the business of the Association requires. XII ARTICLE - Meetinqs Section 1 - An annual meeting of the membership, with election of directors, shall be held at the same time immediately preceding the end of the fiscal year. Section 2 - Other meetings of the entire membership may, from time-to-time, be called by the board of directors or by the president. Upon written request of ten percent of the membership, the board of directors shall call a special meeting. Section 3 - The place, date, and time of the meetings of the membership shall be fixed by the board of directors, or by the president, as the case may be. Section 4 - The membership shall be given at least five days prior written notice of any meeting. Section 5 - Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum. Section 6 - Each member shall be entitled to one vote if present in person. There shall be no proxies. XIII ARTICLE - Rules of Order Section 1 - All proceedings of the Association shall be conducted under, and pursuant to, Roberts' Revised Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided within the by-laws. XIV ARTICLE - Amendments Section 1 - These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the membership by a vote of a majority of the members, or by a vote of a majority of the directors present at a meeting, provided that written notice of the meeting and the proposed amendment and a copy thereof, shall have been given at least five days prior to the date of the meeting. Section 2 - Promptly after their enactment, the secretary shall make known to the membership of by-law changes through notification in the association newsleltter. XV ARTICLE - Miscellaneous Section 1 - The fiscal year of the Association shall end on September 30 in each year. Section 2 - A copy of the by-laws shall be made available to each member in good standing upon their request to the secretary. Section 3 - The rights and interests of a member in the privileges of the Association shall terminate upon termination of membership. All persons who have been admitted to membership shall be deemed to have assented to be bound by the by-laws and rules and regulations of the Association, any rulings, or decisions properly made. By-laws corrected through July, 1999.

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