Notice of Outstanding Ballots for Partisan Primary Election on August 11, 2020

Town of Liberty Grove
Door County
State of Wisconsin

As Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Liberty Grove, I hereby certify that there are zero (0) outstanding provisional ballots and ninety-nine (99) outstanding absentee ballots for the Partisan Primary election held on August 11, 2020.

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Anastasia Bell, Clerk/Treasurer


In-person Voting

Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to vote absentee by mail.  Visit the Election Information page for directions on requesting a ballot by mail.  The deadline to request a ballot Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 5:00pm.  All voted ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

You may cast your vote for the Partisan Priamry Election at the Town Hall between 8:30am and 4:00pm. Please bring your photo ID with you.


Board of Review *phone, email, or video appointments*

NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT ROLL AVAILABILITY FOR EXAMINATION
FOR THE TOWN OF LIBERTY GROVE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the assessment roll for the Town of Liberty Grove for the 2020 assessment year will be open and available for public review from the time of the mailing of the Notices of Assessment through the Board of Review. Due to the current health pandemic, the Assessor is only conducting Open Book meetings by phone, email, or internet video conferencing (Zoom application) rather than conducting in person meetings for your safety. Please call the assessor during their regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM). You may call any time after receiving your assessment notice, but no later than 3 days prior to the Board of Review to conduct your Open Book meeting.

If the Assessor is not available at the time of your call, they will make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Provide your name, phone number, municipality in which the property is located, and the Tax Key Number from your assessment notice or tax bill.

Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Box 440
Greenville, WI 54942
Phone 920-749-1995
Fax: 920-731-4158
Email: [email protected]

Preliminary 2020 Assessment Roll and Department of Revenue instructional materials: https://www.apraz.com/2020assessmentroll/ . Real Property Objection Form: www.libertygrove.org/forms-permits.

Board of Review will be held August 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Liberty Grove Town Hall, 11161 Old Stage Rd, Sister Bay, WI.


Absentee Voting

All voters are encouraged to vote absentee by mail for the November 3, 2020 election. Visit our Elections Information page for more information on how to request your absentee ballot in the mail.


Current Firework Permits

The following locations have received a permit to discharge fireworks in 2020:

*10593 Pebble Beach Road – July 4th
*11403 Beach Lane – July 15th thru July 17th
*2319 Waters End Road – July 2nd thru July 7th (weather permitting)
*2319 Waters End Road – July 8th thru July 16th (weather permitting)
*1356 Kinsey Bay Lane – July 5th thru July 6th


Resolution 5-20

Authorizing a Taxation District to Waive Interest and Penalties on Property Tax Payment Installments Due on or After April 1, 2020

The Town Board of the Town of Liberty Grove, Door County, Wisconsin does hereby declare the following:

WHEREAS, in December, 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19 was detected, and COVID-19 has continued to spread throughout the world, including to the United States and the State of Wisconsin (“COVID-19 Pandemic”); and

WHEREAS, the federal government, state governments, and local governments are working together to contain the further spread of the disease and treat existing cases; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, on March 12, 2020 the Governor of the State of Wisconsin declared a Health Emergency in the State, and on March 16, 2020 Door County Board Chairperson and Door County Administrator, (the “County”) declared a state of emergency in Door County, and such Declaration was ratified by the Door County Board of Supervisors’ adoption of resolution No 2020-19 on March 17, 2020, under authority granted by Wis. Stats. Chap. 323, and Section 5.08, Door County Code; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has enacted various laws and regulations in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic including, without limitation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act; and

WHEREAS, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, on March 24, 2020, Secretary-designee Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order #12, Safer at Home Order (“Safer at Home Order”) requiring that everyone in Wisconsin stay at their home or place of residence except in limited circumstances until April 24, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on April 16, 2020, Secretary-designee Palm extended the Safer at Home Order, with certain modifications, to May 26, 2020, pursuant to Emergency Order #28; and

WHEREAS, the federal, state, local and individual responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the uncertainty as to the effectiveness of those responses in mitigating the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic have created economic hardship and uncertainty in the County’s business community, households throughout the County and for every County property taxpayer; and

WHEREAS, prominent economists have predicted record level unemployment rates for the coming months and this prediction suggests that County residents will also experience record level unemployment rates in the coming months, and an unprecedented number of businesses and employers throughout the State and in the County have been required to suspend operations; and

WHEREAS, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the various federal laws and regulations implemented as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the various emergency orders and regulations implemented by state and local governments, on April 15, 2020, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 (“Act 185”), which Governor Evers signed on April 16, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Section 105(25) of Act 185 authorizes, among other things, the County to adopt a resolution enabling taxation districts in the County to waive interest and penalties on the 2019 property tax levy installment payments due and payable after April 1, 2020, until October 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, a resolution authorizing the above referenced waiver must also establish criteria for determining hardship that would qualify a property taxpayer for the waiver; and

WHEREAS, the County’s authorization for a taxation district to implement the above referenced waiver is contingent upon a taxation district adopting a resolution in similar form and content as to the County’s resolution; and

WHEREAS, County Ordinance No. 27-83 enacted July 27, 1983, effective August 1, 1983, and codified as Chapter 33, Door County Code, imposes a penalty on delinquent general property taxes and special assessments of 0.5% per month or fraction of the month; and

WHEREAS, Door County Resolution No. 2020-42, which was passed and adopted on May 14, 2020 is intended to (1) serve as the County’s enabling resolution for purposes of Section 105(25) of Act 185; (2) authorize any taxation district located in the County to waive interest and penalties on installment payments of property taxes due and payable after April 1, 2020, in a manner consistent with Act 185 provided the taxation district adopts a similar resolution and otherwise satisfies all conditions precedent to waiver contained in Act 185 and this Resolution; and (3) declare that all property taxpayers in the County are experiencing hardship as a result of the economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the various federal laws and regulations implemented as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the various emergency orders and regulations implemented by state and local governments, and Act 185; and

WHEREAS, while the plain language of Section 105(25) of Act 185 allows for either a general or a “case-by-case” finding of hardship to qualify for the above referenced waiver of interest and penalties, the County intends by this Resolution to authorize a taxation district to waive interest and penalties for all property taxpayers in the County otherwise eligible for waiver under Section 105(25) of Act 185 on a finding of general hardship based upon the economic conditions described in this Resolution, which the County Board determines has adversely affected all taxpayers in the County; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 2020-42 is not intended to be construed as authorizing any sort of “case-by-case” finding of hardship by a taxation district; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 2020-42 is intended to allow a taxation district to waive the penalty imposed by County Ordinance No. 27-83 for property taxpayers qualifying for the waiver of interest and penalties as provided in Section 105(25) of Act 185 and this Resolution.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that pursuant to Section 105(25) of Act 185, the Liberty Grove Town Board hereby finds and/or authorizes the following:

  1. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the various federal laws and regulations implemented as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the various emergency orders and regulations implemented by state and local governments, and Act 185, the Liberty Grove Town Board finds that all property taxpayers are experiencing hardship as that term is used in Section 105(25) of Act 185.
  2. The Town of Liberty Grove hereby waives interest and penalties for property taxes payable in 2020 for an installment payment that is due and payable after April 1, 2020. Such waiver shall remain in effect until October 1, 2020. In accord with the provisions of Section 105(25) of Act 185 the Liberty Grove Town Board waives interest and penalties as provided in Section 105(25) of Act 185 for all property taxpayers in the Town of Liberty Grove). Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Resolution authorizes a taxation district to waive interest and penalties for property taxes payable in 2020 for an installment payment that was due and payable prior to April 1, 2020, except as otherwise permitted under applicable law.
  3. In accord with the provisions of Resolution No. 2020-42, the terms of County Ordinance 27-83,imposing a penalty on delinquent property tax payments, are hereby modified for purposes of implementing the terms of that Resolution and Section 105(25) of Act 185.
  4. In accord with the provisions of Resolution No. 2020-42, the County will not deviate from the settlement procedure set forth in Wis. Stats. 74.29, and will settle property taxes, interest and penalties collected on August 20, 2020 as provided under Wis. Stats. 74.29 (1)(Option A).
  5. Notwithstanding Wis. Stat. § 74.57, the County Treasurer has been authorized, but is not required, to omit from the tax certificate delivered to the County on September 1, 2020, all parcels of real property for which the Town has waived interest and penalties as provided in this Resolution.
  6. In accord with the provisions of Resolution No. 2020-42, the County Treasurer has been directed to consult with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, all taxation districts in the County, and the County’s Corporation Counsel regarding the implementation of that Resolution and the procedures associated with, or contemplated by, that Resolution.
  7. In accord with the provisions of Resolution No. 2020-42 other County officers have been authorized and directed to assist the County Treasurer in the interpretation, application and implementation of that Resolution and Section 105(25) of Act 185.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all actions heretofore taken by the Liberty Grove Town Board and other appropriate public officers and agents of the Town of Liberty Grove with respect to the matters contemplated under this Resolution are hereby ratified, confirmed and approved.

This resolution was adopted at a properly noticed meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Liberty Grove on the 3rd day of June, 2020.

John Lowry, Chairman                                            Vote: Aye __5__ Nay __0__

ATTEST:

Anastasia Bell, Town Clerk/Treasurer


NOTICE OF MEETING TO ADJOURN BOARD OF REVIEW TO A LATER DATE

Pursuant to Sec. 70.47(1) of Wis. Statutes, the Board of Review for the Town of Liberty Grove shall meet on the twentieth day of May, 2020 at 6:45 PM at the Liberty Grove Town Hall, 11161 Old Stage Road for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session during the forty five day period beginning on the 4th Monday of April.  Due to the fact that the assessment roll will not be completed at that time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will be adjourned to a later date. That date for the adjourned Board of Review shall be published and posted according to law. 

Notice is hereby given this 4th day of May, 2020.

Anastasia Bell, Clerk/Treasurer

Town of Liberty Grove


2020 Census

As of April 24, the 2020 Census Self Reporting (online, phone, or returned paper forms) for Wisconsin was at 59.9% which is above national average.

However, Door County still lags at 32.5%. The low response is occurring in towns and villages of Northern Door, where seven municipalities are below 25% and one is only at 6%. 

If you own a rental property or a second home, you should complete the census questionaire and indicatethat ZERO people live at that address. 

Census 2020 Questionaire


Absentee Ballots

The deadline for absentee ballots to be received is now Monday, April 13th at 4:00pm.  Ballots which were received prior to 8:00pm on Election day were processed that day.  All other ballots, to be counted at the board of canvas on Monday, April 13th at 4:00pm, must have a post mark of April 7, 2020 or earlier.

Thank you.


LIBERTY GROVE ADVISORY TO SEASONAL AND SECOND HOMEOWNERS

Ref: Travel advisory due to the COVID-19 Virus

Please be advised that the County of Door and the Town of Liberty Grove have declared a public health emergency. The following travel advisory is in effect for the duration of these emergencies:

  • Due to high community transmission in certain areas of the State, the Town of Liberty Grove is recommending that you stay in your home area if you have a seasonal or second home in the Town of Liberty grove. Due to our limited health care infrastructure (one hospital for 27,000 Door County people) we ask that you do not visit the Town now.
  • If you have a seasonal home in Liberty Grove, please stay at your winter homes at this time. If you are in Liberty Grove now, you must immediately self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Liberty Grove and Door County have one of the highest populations of older people in Wisconsin. This population is at the highest risk of COVID-19. It is the Town Board’s duty to keep all our residents healthy and safe from the virus.
  • This situation is changing daily—please be advised that additional health and travel restrictions could be imposed as we move through this pandemic.