News and Information From Your Town Board
It's Tax Time Again-----
Real Estate Taxes may be paid in full at one time or in two installments. In either case, a payment is due by January 31. The proper amount, for either full payment or installment payments, can be found in the dark bordered boxes on your tax bill. If you have chosen the installment method of payment, the second payment will be due by July 31 at the Forest County Treasurer's office. For Personal Property taxes, payment is due in full by January 31. The installment method of payment is not available.
Taxpayers should note that all current year Real Estate Payments made by January 31 should be made to the Town of Hiles Treasurer at the address that appears in the upper left corner of your tax bill. Please enclose a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) if you would like a receipt for your payment. Real Estate tax payments made after January 31 should be made to the Forest County Treasurer at 200 E. Madison, Crandon WI 54520.
The Town Treasurer will be
available for tax collection payments at the Town Hall on Saturdays in
the months of
Please note that the 'Average Assessment Ratio' on the tax bill is now closer to 100 percent, whereas last year this number was 65 percent. This is the result of the property reassessment that we had asked our assessor to perform over the past two years. The 'Average Assessment Ratio' is the ratio of the total Town assessed property value to the amount determined by the state as being the state equalized value. This change brings us into compliance with State of Wisconsin rules relating to the assessment of real estate. The increase in your property value does not result in a corresponding increase in taxes, as taxes are determined by the tax levies and budgets of the various taxing bodies.
Annual Dog Licenses: A reminder to you that in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes 174.05 every dog over the age of 5 months is required to be licensed. Also, the Town of Hiles also has a leash law requiring that all dogs be either tied or on a leash when outdoors. A requirement of licensing is that proof of rabies vaccination be provided to the Town Treasurer. Licenses can not be issued without proof of rabies vaccination. Dog license fees are as follows and are renewable at the first of every year:
Male/Female - $8.00 Neuter/Spay - $3.00
Checks for dog licenses should be made out to the Town of Hiles and mailed with your proof of vaccination to (please enclose a SASE for the return of the license and the rabies certificate):
Judith McKay-Burkey, Treasurer Town of Hiles
HILES CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE
The centennial committee of Bernie Driggs (chair), Pat Pfeiffer, Joan Ferris, Glenn Moder, Bridget Lilteich, and Marge Gerhart, have been extremely busy planning a super celebration for the first weekend in August of this summer to celebrate Hiles reaching its 100th year. See the enclosed brochure with all the details!! The committee will be publishing a book of favorite recipes from Town residents. They ask that you send your ‘favorite’ to:
Marge Gerhart, 11070 Four Duck Lane, Three Lakes WI 54562
Town Web Site: The Town web site (www.townofhiles.org) has experienced about 75,000 'hits' since being launched at the time last year. The traffic to the site peaked during the summer with many people looking for visitor information in our area. We hope that those of you who use the site find it helpful and informational. We are one of only 40 towns in the state to have a web site. At the site you can find information regarding meetings, town special events, contact information for town officials, the fire department, and much more. We are in the process of incorporating new pages with additional information about the town and the services that we provide. Please check out these new capabilities.
You may be aware that the County developed a contract with Waste
Management Inc. for recyclable materials beginning last January.
The new procedures appear to be working very well for our
residents. As a trial, we asked Waste Management to provide a container
for the disposal of scrap metal during the past summer. This proved to
be a valuable service to our people and we intend to continue this
service next summer. These containers are for pure metal only - no
fabric, wood, etc. And please remember that the trash dumpsters are
intended for normal household trash that is placed into plastic
bags. If you need information or assistance with your recycling
or trash disposal, please see the attendant at the transfer station. The
open hours are 10 til 2 on Saturdays and Wednesdays and also Sundays in
Annual Meeting: The next annual meeting for Town electors will be on Tuesday, April 8 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. This is your opportunity to discuss issues that may be of interest to all Town residents. We will hear a complete report from the Centennial Committee for what is being planned for August 2 and 3, 2003. Plan to not miss this one!
Please remember that absentee ballots for elections must be requested in
writing to the Town Clerk. Each elector requesting an absentee ballot
must do so in writing (one person can not request ballots for him/her
self and their spouse). If you have Internet access please see further
details and download an absentee ballot application from the town web
Who to Call For What
- here are your current Town Officials
Call the above people or call the Town Office
(715-649-3680) - messages are checked daily.