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What Grade Does the Village Board Deserve?

Given the work that the Village Board has accomplished over the past year, what grade would you give them today?

Two times a month the Village Board meets to decide upon policy, finances, and development in the village. Of course, they work with the reccomendations of numerous committees that work below them. However, ultimately the Village Board and the Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald have the final say.

Given where Menomonee Falls is right now, what grade would you give the board and the village manager as a taxpayer and resident of the village?

Before you give your final grade, take a peak at some of the things the Village Board has moved forward over the past year:

  • The Radisson Hotel opened last year, and the Village Board filed a foreclosure suit just a year later. The village approved a $17.65 million to fund the development. Find all the Radisson Hotel news in one place on Patch.
  • The walls at the , and the shopping center on the corner of Pilgrim Road and Main Street is getting a complete overhaul.
  • With a little help from taxing districts, constructed a new headquarters in Menomonee Falls.
  • A and medical facility have been built on Town Line Road.
  • The Menomonee Falls Fire Department and Menomonee Falls Police Department have been .
  • The employees.
  • The village's .
  • Work is beginning , which is another taxing district created by the Village Board. Ryan Companies is planning to build a 90,000 square-foot development there.
  • Village leaders created a taxing district in the to lure investment and perhaps a new Kohl's. They recently in the office park at a discount rate.
  • Village Board that cut spending by 0.57 percent, with a slight increase in the tax rate. 

So, what grade do you give the Village Board? Why?

Jefferson E. Davis June 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
MF Girl: The Village Budget story that you saw was for last year's budget. Yes, the budget story you read about does include all of the handouts for luring businesses. It's called Debt Service, which for Menomonee Falls taxpayers, is now over $124,000,000 for principal and interest according to the Village website (http://www.menomonee-falls.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1999). We don't know what the budget for 2013 will be. We do know the Village Manager just laid off 8 employees whose salary and benefit packages just happen to be the same amount for the interest costs on the $18,000,000 Radisson Hotel Taxpayer Funded Loan. We also know the Village Manager has been hiding true costs for the village taxpayers when he supports having garbage pick-up as an additional fee for some $110.00 a year per homeowner or about $1,200,000 when that cost used to be included in the property tax bill. Other communities in Wisconsin have negotiated free garbage pick-up in exchange for the dump. We also know that a corporation, Waste Management, grosses over $12,500,000,000 a year in revenues (http://www.wm.com/about/index.jsp) at the taxpayer expense while also selling gas from the dump in the Falls to We Energies for well over 10,000-12,000 homes in the area with the taxpayers of Menomonee Falls getting absolutely nothing for those gas sales to We Energies. Other communities have negotiated revenues from these types of sales. But not good old Menomonee Falls!
mary June 22, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Mary How often has the Village looked at other communities? Look what Shorewood has done to Oakland Ave.
Richard June 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Don't need to look that far, how about Germantown, Richfield or Sussex. They are all growing nicely and don't seem to have the problems the Falls has.
Richard June 22, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Great question, Carl. A good start would be to return to the past in how trustees are elected. That is break down the community into sections with a trustee being elected from each section to avoid the current situation wherein 5 of the trustees live in close proximity to each other. Another change that appears to be needed would be to reorganize the standing committee of the board to insure that we have very competent individuals appointed to each committee. A complete review of the village master plan also would be helpful to enable new board members to become familiar with the plan and inject their input for improving the plan. How about some town hall type meetings with the trustees wherein common taxpaying citizens of the Falls could discuss the direction of development in the Falls, give their insight and thoughts in an open, candid forum.
Awake! June 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
@ MF..one question...are you for or against the marital tax break?...

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