News – January 25, 2023

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers’ State of the State address Tuesday night included a proposal to increase shared revenues to local governments around Wisconsin. The governor said that he will work on a budget provision that will send up to 20-percent of the state’s sales tax revenue back to local communities. Evers said the idea would mean an additional $500-million-dollars a year in new resources for local costs, including public safety, transportation, and health. – WRN

(Madison) State Representative Mark Born spoke to the Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night about state funding challenges for municipalities. Mayor Becky Glewen asked the Beaver Dam Republican to address the matters with the council on the state’s tight revenue limits with the property tax levy, resulting increases in municipal debt and decades of decreasing shared revenue. Born, who co-chairs the state’s powerful budget-writing committee, noted that shared revenues in the last decade has held steady and adds that he is hopeful there will be more revenues for cities and villages in the next state budget.

(Beaver Dam) There are just a few days left for the Beaver Dam Christmas tree collection. Residents who receive contracted solid waste collection services from the city are reminded that this Friday, January 27th will be the last day Christmas trees and boughs will be collected by crews. Trees and boughs must be free of ornaments, lights, and stands so they can be chipped. They should be placed at the curb by 7am.

(Columbus) The last day for Christmas tree pickup by the Columbus Public Works Department is Monday. City officials are reminding residents to make sure their tree is on the curb by 7am for pickup, and that all trees must be free of lights, ornaments, stands, and bags.

(Juneau) Sergeant Vickie Brugger has been named the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for her work in solving the Baby Theresa case. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says Brugger worked hard to not let this case go unsolved. Medical Examiner P.J. Schoebel has also been recognized for his work on the case. Both will formally be recognized at the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association Banquet next month.

(Rubicon) A Columbus man was sentenced to one year in jail with work release privileges Tuesday for running from Dodge County sheriff’s deputies. Jason McDonald fled from deputies in March, reaching speeds of up to 100-miles-per-hour before the chase was called off. The 36-year-old was also placed on probation for three years.

(Rubicon) A Horicon man has been charged with resisting arrest and causing an injury to a Dodge County sheriff’s deputy. Robert Coffey Jr. was allegedly at a bar in Rubicon Saturday, January 21st while he was on bond and had to maintain absolute sobriety. A deputy made contact with Coffey who reportedly fled on foot then fought with deputies as they attempted to take him into custody. A TASER needed to be deployed. During the struggle, a deputy suffered an abrasion to his knee. If convicted, the 38-year-old faces 24 years in prison. Cash bond was set at $500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2nd.