ALERTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Village Property Owners Receive 2016 Tax Bills
The Village of Fontana filed the annual Statement of Taxes with the state and the 2016 tax bills were printed and mailed out the second week of December. Property owners can obtain a copy of their tax bill on the Walworth County website, under the "Real Estate Tax Information" link, and then under the "Tax Balance/Payoff Information" link.
The tax bills include the annual Village Tax Information Sheet; however, the information sheet does not include the breakdown of the six individual taxing jurisdictions because that information was not available when the document had to be sent to the press.
The percentage breakdown for the Village of Fontana tax bills are listed below according to what elementary school district the property is located in: Fontana Joint 8 School District, Reek Elementary Joint 6 School District, or Walworth Joint 1 School District.
Fontana Joint 8 School District property tax bills: Village of Fontana portion, 24 percent; Joint 8 School District portion, 15 percent; Big Foot Union High School portion, 21 percent; State of Wisconsin, 1 percent; Walworth County portion, 33 percent; Gateway Technical College portion, 6 percent.
Reek Joint 6 School District property tax bills: Village of Fontana portion, 24 percent; Joint 6 School District portion, 14 percent; Big Foot Union High School portion, 21 percent; State of Wisconsin, 1 percent; Walworth County portion, 34 percent; Gateway Technical College portion, 6 percent.
Walworth Joint 1 School District property tax bills: Village of Fontana portion, 18 percent; Joint 1 School District portion, 34 percent; Big Foot Union High School portion, 17 percent; State of Wisconsin, 1 percent; Walworth County portion, 25 percent; Gateway Technical College portion, 5 percent.
Village Board of Review Set for June 1, 2017
The 2017 Board of Review is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Open Book is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017 from Noon to 4:00 pm and Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to Noon.
Accurate Appraisal will have office hours at Village Hall on the following dates:
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, March 17, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The 2017 Assessment Roll can be viewed here.
Property owners may contact Accurate Appraisal at any time during the year to discuss their 2017 property assessment via the toll-free number 800-770-3927 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeding and Baiting Deer Is Illegal in Walworth County
Wisconsin DNR Warden Juan Gomez has announced that the state is
cracking down on property owners and residents who are illegally feeding and
baiting deer. Walworth County and the entire southern portion of the state are
in zones where feeding and baiting deer is illegal. Violators face fines between
$343 and $745 if a citation is issued by the DNR. This linked DNR
informational flyer features a state map of the restricted counties.
Village Hall Saturday Morning Hours Ended Sept. 3rd
The Saturday morning customer services hours at Village Hall ended for the season September 3, 2016. Village Hall is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.
The Municipal Beach also officially closed for the season on Labor Day.
The Pay Station parking stalls on Third Avenue and Reid Street adjacent to Reid Park, and in the Village lakefront parking lots are enforced April 15th through October 15th. Residents and property owners with Village Parking Stickers do not have to purchase parking time at one of the Pay Stations; however, they do have to follow the Parking Sticker Guidelines to avoid receiving a parking citation. Please see the Employee Parking Map for guidelines on employee issued parking stickers.
Tornado Siren Tests Every Third Wednesday in Spring and Summer
The Village of Fontana Police Department and Walworth County conduct monthly testing of Tornado Sirens on the third Wednesday of each month at noon during the spring and summer. Severe Weather Local Information
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Walworth County
An adult emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was collected in June 2012 near a tree that displayed signs of EAB infestation on a private woodlot in Linn Township. EAB surveyors with the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection were notified of the possible infestation by a colleague with the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture. The specimen was sent to federal identifiers and subsequently confirmed as EAB.
Also in June 2012, the Lake Geneva city forester, working with DNR forest health personnel, submitted photographs of an unhealthy tree located in the downtown area of Lake Geneva. DATCP staff confirmed that the tree is infested with EAB.
The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been discovered so far in 10 Wisconsin counties, including the recent addition of Walworth County. The other counties are Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Vernon and Washington.
Walworth County will be quarantined soon. Neighboring counties may be added to the quarantine pending further review. EAB quarantines currently exist in Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Vernon, Washington and Waukesha counties.
The EAB quarantine affects some businesses that use certain ash products. For the vast majority of people the quarantine means that hardwood firewood, regardless of tree species, cannot leave the quarantine area.
Residents should contact a certified arborist or other tree care professional for help in determining if their ash tree is at risk and a course of action to undertake if warranted.
Information about EAB can be found at www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
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