(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association is looking at forming a lake district. The taxing jurisdiction would raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality. Association President Bill Beottge says the formation of a lake district would go a long way in their preservation efforts.
During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Boettge explained how the entity would work. He says only the properties that touch the lake would be included into the district. Those who live inside the lake district would approve a disapprove budgets set by commissioners and would pay for it by divvying the costs between the property owners. Boettge says that can be done either by assessed value or by dividing it by the number of properties. A lake district would serve as a governing body which would consist of one representative from Beaver Dam, one individual from the county, and three members who would be elected by the property owners.
Boettge says the feedback so far has been positive and they plan on going door-to-door in the next month to have residents sign a petition. He says the goal is to get 51-percent of the property owners to sign which allows BDLIA to present their petition to the county board. A public hearing would then be held within 30 days to allow those who are for or against the lake district to speak out. Once a public hearing is held, the county board has roughly three months to approve the formation of the district.
In explaining the need for a lake district, Boettge cited a plan to build a breakwater at Puckagee Springs. He says a project of that size could cost a quarter-million-dollars, a price tag that may be too high for the non-profit lake group and more appropriate for a taxing jurisdiction.
The Lake Improvement Association has their annual banquet on March 27th at Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam. Tickets cost $45 and are available by calling 920-356-1200 or on the BDLIA website at: www.bdlia.org.