(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce supports the Lake Improvement Association in its efforts to form a lake district. The taxing jurisdiction would raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality. Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche says the chamber’s board of directors recently adopted a resolution in support of efforts to organize a petition to create a lake district for the management of Beaver Dam Lake. Fritsche says, if approved, Beaver Dam would be joining the majority of larger lakes in Wisconsin by creating such a management district, including the neighboring lake communities of Fox Lake and Lake Sinissippi. He says the chamber believes a healthy and well managed Beaver Dam Lake will benefit all citizens.
Only 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, 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. Formation of the district requires approval by 51-percent of the property owners. 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.