Property tax bills are on track to be mailed this weekend, so West Allis residents and businesses will soon see how the mix of tax levies and credits actually affect them.
The total 2012 combined tax rate for all six taxing units is $26.14 per $1,000 of assessed value. That tax rate is 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed value higher than this year, bringing the property tax tab up $4.50 for the owner of a home assessed at $150,000.
However, larger lottery and first dollar credits - which are a combined $9 higher for 2012 - will more than wipe out that increase. Because of the larger credits, all taxpayers with properties assessed at less than $300,000 will pay less. That $300,000 is the break-even point where the higher tax bill is $9 and the increased credits are $9.
In terms of percentage, tax rates for the city (up 1.5 percent) and Milwaukee County (up 0.7 percent) were offset by decreases from the schools, MATC and the state. The rate for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District stayed the same.
Shorewood School District Superintendent Marty Lexmond was appointed superintendent of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District by the school board Wednesday.
He will start July 1, but will start visiting West Allis-West Milwaukee schools next week to meet and interact with teachers, staff and students.
Building relationships is a prime goal to enhance teamwork and in identifying a path for the future, Lexmond said.
West Allis-West Milwaukee will give him the opportunity to use skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education, he said. The district has strong elements of both and he is excited to address its challenges, he said.
Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.» Read Full Article
Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.
The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.
There were more pleas Monday that it is unfair to not let all students attend Nathan Hale High School who want to, but there was no decision about what to do about Hale's overcrowding.
Because health issues felled four West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board members, the rest of the board decided to put off a vote until 6 p.m. Monday, March 30. As many as three of the four members are expected to be better by then.
For at least two decades, the district has allowed eighth-graders to choose whether to attend Hale or West Allis Central High School. Until just a few years ago, that has worked well, officials said.
But now Hale has hit its space limits and about 100 more students want to walk through its doors as freshmen this fall than seniors who will walk out the doors in June.
The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:
- See all the photos from state tournament weekend.
- Fourth estate: Dominican becomes the second-ever program to win four consecutive state titles, including a stunning 93-point performance against Regis in the state semifinal.
- Germantown's three-year reign atop the mountain came to an end at the hands of mighty Stevens Point.
- Stevens Point looked a lot like recent Germantown teams in knocking the king from the throne ... will the programs collide again?
- Stevens Point coach Scott Anderson and Germantown helmsman Steve Showalter exchange roles.
- Brown Deer is bringing home gold again after repeating as Division 3 state champion.
- Greendale fell to Rice Lake in the Division 2 semifinals, a team boasting McDonald's All-American Henry Ellenson.
- West Allis Central also ran into Stevens Point in Madison.
- The Initial Reaction podcast asks if Diamond Stone is the best the state has ever seen and looks back at state weekend.
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board plans to hold a special meeting between Wednesday, March 25, and Monday, March 30, to approve a contract for a new superintendent.
The date will be set this week.
The board on Monday approved a contract which now must be forwarded to the finalist. When he accepts it, the board will have to formally approve him as superintendent, said school board President Pat Kerhin.
All that had been expected to have been completed by Monday, but there were scheduling conflicts, she said Tuesday.
The finalist is one of the top three interviewed for the post: John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale Schools; Jesse Rodriguez, regional superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools; and Marty Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood schools.» Read Full Article
Becky Gordon, an assistant principal at Greenfield High School, will be associate principal at the North Campus of Arrowhead High School beginning July 1.
Gordon said she wasn't looking for a change but had wanted to try for Arrowhead because it's bigger and offers the chance to grow and learn more, she said. Greenfield High has about 1,400 students and Arrowhead more than 2,200.
The Sprint takes a look back and ahead and the week of varsity athletics in the Lake Country and Now Newspapers coverage zone.
- The quest for a four-peat is on. Germantown remained undefeated at 26-0 with a win over Kimberly (link with video) on Saturday, two nights after outlasting Homestead. Check out photos from the latter game.
- The same can be said for Dominican, which won a tense battle with Racine St. Catherine's on Thursday (link with video) to advance, then crushed Howards Grove on Saturday. The Knights and Germantown are both aiming to become the second (and third?) program to win four straight titles in WIAA history.
- For the first time since 1947, West Allis Central is headed to the state tournament, and it's making the trip in an unlikely fashion after finishing seventh in the conference standings. Central downed Marquette, a team that the Bulldogs had fallen to twice during the regular season, to advance. All four of Central's playoff wins were upsets on paper.
- Lost in all of that is a Brown Deer team also looking to defend its Division 3 title after thrashing Poynette, 75-39, which was the lesser of two offensive outpourings over the weekend when the Falcons racked up 106 points in a win over Milwaukee North.
- Greendale's return trip to the state tournament required a gritty win over Wauwatosa East, where Josh Michaels made sure a late mistake didn't turn into a back-breaker. On Thursday, Tosa East eliminated Whitefish Bay on a buzzer beater. Take a look at the WIAA brackets for this weekend's schedule of state games.
- On the girls side, Arrowhead's trip to state ended in a 42-32 loss to D.C. Everest in the state semifinal. Arike Ogunbowale of DSHA broke numerous records with her 55-point game against Middleton in the other semfiinal, and her team went on to win gold.
- Want more March Madness? Check out JR Radcliffe's article on The Sconnies of March in Division 1 men's basketball. Twenty-one players from the area will play in the Big Dance, including Kettle Moraine's Paul Miller with North Dakota State and four players from Germantown (Zak Showalter of Wisconsin, Jake Showalter and Evan Wesenberg of North Dakota State and Lamonte Bearden of Buffalo).
- Keep tabs on all basketball teams in our coverage zone at Roundball Rankings.
West Allis — Parental anxiety over making some West Allis-West Milwaukee School District eighth-graders go to West Allis Central High School when they want to attend Nathan Hale High has touched off a write-in campaign for the school board by Mitchell Elementary School parent William Ustruck.
Three school board members and two challengers are already on the April 7 ballot.
In 2006, the school board made US 45 the dividing line between the two high schools but no one paid much attention because eighth-graders could pick which high school they wanted to attend.
The board is looking at sticking to the boundary because Nathan Hale is so crowded that school officials say it won't be able to accommodate all the eighth-graders who have selected Hale as their high school this fall.
But Ustruck said using US 45 as the boundary is ill-conceived.» Read Full Article
West Allis — Concerned their children will not get into preferred high schools, parents packed Monday's West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board to voice theior concerns.
For about 20 years, eighth-graders have gotten to choose between West Allis Central and Nathan Hale high schools. The problem is that Hale is overcrowded this year and could not hold all of the eighth-graders who want to attend there this fall, school officials said.
The board had considered a lottery and then ruled it out, but it was back on the table Monday night, along with enforcing the boundary between Hale and Central attendance areas, neither of which sat well with many parents.
In 2006, the school board set US 45 as the boundary between the schools, but no one paid much attention because students could choose their high schools.
No plan» Read Full Article
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District now has a preferred finalist for the next superintendent in the district and is working out contract details.
School Board President Pat Kerhin said she hopes that can be completed by the end of the week.
The finalist is one of the top three who are John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale Schools; Jesse Rodriguez, regional superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools; and Marty Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood schools.
The School Board is in the process of choosing a superintendent to succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired last summer.
A Milwaukee woman was so upset about losing a handicap parking space to a 71-year-old woman that she knocked the older woman to the ground, breaking a bone and forcing her to undergo a second hip replacement, according to a criminal complaint.
Kezia T. Perkins, 32, of Milwaukee was charged with aggravated battery in the Feb. 3 attack at the Walmart parking lot, 10600 W. Layton Ave. in Greenfield. Perkins, who is free on a signature bond, is expected in court for a preliminary hearing March 11.
Surveillance video shows Perkins was trying to park in a handicap space — despite not having a permit, or any disability — but struggled with the tight turn, the complaint says.
When Perkins reversed her car, the 71-year-old woman came from a different direction and parked in the same space. Perkins stormed across the parking lot and yelled at the woman, who remained in her car out of fear, according to the complaint.
Perkins went back to her car, but as the woman walked to the store entrance, Perkins confronted her and slammed her body into the woman, knocking her to the ground, the complaint says.» Read Full Article
A redevelopment plan for the W. National Ave. corridor in West Allis will be the subject of a public open house on Thursday.
The city is inviting local residents and business owners to the event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Constitution Room of the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.
Open house attendees will be asked to share feedback and insights regarding the city’s planning process, and issues for the National Ave. corridor.
The city, working the Graef consulting firm, hopes to create a plan to attract more residents and businesses to that corridor. National Ave. is scheduled for a 2018 resconstruction between S. 70th St. and S. 76th St., and between S. 92nd St. and S. 95th St.
The proposed plan is to be submitted in July to the Plan Commission and Common Council for their review.
West Allis — A ban on keeping venomous snakes or large constricting snakes has already passed the West Allis Common Council, which is now poised to ban breeding rodents, as well, as food for snakes.
Health concerns are the reasons for the proposed breeding ban, said Alderwoman Cathleen Probst, a co-author of the ban.
The only known business that could be affected is Swords & Dreams Reptile Rescue, 7213 W. Greenfield Ave., in downtown West Allis.
Owner Tom McNeil said he once had 200 snakes in his store. But now he plans to retire and is whittling the stock down. He now has only about 25 snakes, he said. He has operated the reptile rescue for more than 10 years, approximately three of them in downtown West Allis.
As a rescue organization, McNeil said he has accepted venomous snakes from owners who wanted to get rid of them. And he has found homes for the snakes where they will not menace society, he said.» Read Full Article
With as much as $3.1 million potentially coming to the Greenfield School District from the sale of the former Chapman Elementary School, the school board is exploring how best to use the money.
The board's finance and facilities committee this week inspected the middle school, which school board President Cathy Walsh said had not received major attention as the elementary and the high school have.
The district might have to use the sale proceeds relatively immediately to keep the windfall from causing a drop in state aid. That was the case some time ago, and school officials are checking to see if the district still would have to use the money in the same year to avoid an aid penalty.
That is one of the reasons why the board is inspecting not only the middle school but other schools to assess their needs.
Only last month, the board approved selling the former Chapman School at 8500 W. Chapman Ave. for $2.5 million to $3.1 million, depending on when the sale actually closes. The sale would be contingent on city approval of rezoning to allow redevelopment and the buyer's ability to acquire other nearby properties.
West Allis — West Allis is trying to help its image by putting the brakes on new secondhand stores moving in.
"I don't want West Allis to be the haven of secondhand dealers," said Alderwoman Cathleen Probst, a sponsor of a measure imposing a moratorium on second-hand stores in West Allis.
The trigger for her was city approval of a secondhand store on 81st Street in her district when another secondhand store was only a block away, Probst said.
The cumulative effect is like having four bars at one corner, she said.
"It changes the perception of a neighborhood," Probst said.» Read Full Article