(Beaver Dam) The formation of the new Beaver Dam Lake District is on track. With this month’s dismissal of a civil lawsuit filed seeking to stop the district, work behind the scenes continues moving forward. The creation of the district was triggered when the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association submitted a petition to the county. In March, the Dodge County Board approved the establishment of the taxing entity that will raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues ranging from shoreline erosion to water quality.
An initial lake district board has been assembled, to prepare for the first annual meeting next summer when the residents in the district will elect their own board. Bill Foley with the Lake Improvement Association says commissioners have been meeting, in accordance with state statute.
“The commissioners have worked very hard over the last few months to get to the point where we can start up the district,” he says.
The district has already established a boundary description and worked with the Department of Revenue to put taxing measures in place.
“There is actually an assessment that will be on the tax rolls for this year to cover the start-up requirements,” he says.
“Then next year there will be a tax levy, depending on the community electors, how much they want to pursue and the costs they are willing to fund.”
Once finalized, the five-person lake district board would be comprised of three members elected at-large, one resident from Dodge County and one person representing the municipality with the highest amount of taxable lakefront property. Those who live inside the lake district would approve or disapprove budgets set by commissioners.
The election for that board will take place next May through September, allowing snowbird residents an opportunity to attend the meeting.
In spite of challenges with lawsuits and the pandemic, Foley is optimistic about the future.
“We have a lot of good things in our lake occurring,” he says.
The Beaver Dam Lake District also has its own website now, that Foley notes is current and has a lot of information. It can be found at: bdlakedistrict.org.