WAAO “Winter Thaw” Education Getaway 2009


The Education Committee of WAAO, along with assistance from the Membership Services Committee, will again offer our Winter Thaw educational session. We have scheduled the educational session for Tuesday March 3th. The education session will take place at the Chula Vista Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells and is scheduled on the day following the March Quarterly WAAO meeting. The education session will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 3:30 PM. The fee for the session will be $50 for WAAO members or $100 for non-WAAO members.  The fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.


A sign up form for the class will be sent to you and also will be posted on the WAAO website (Registration Form).  Please register by Friday February 20th.  Registrations after this date may be charged an additional shipping/registration fee.


The class is titled Wisconsin Tax Policy for Assessors:  Current Issues, Proposed Legislation, and Future Ideas.  The day will be split into two segments.  The morning session will consist of a panel of presenters discussing current issues and legislation that could affect tax policy.  Sprinkled in may be some of the presenter's views as to where tax policy in Wisconsin should or could proceed in the future.  The following were invited to sit on the panel:  a representative from the Governor's office, a representative from the Department of Revenue secretary's office, Representative Mark Gottlieb, Senator Bob Jauch, Curt Witynski from the League of Municipalities, and Rick Stadelman from the Wisconsin Towns Association.


We plan to have each panel member speak for about 20 – 30 minutes.  The topics that the presenters may discuss include:  property tax exemptions, use value, personal property, consolidation of municipal services, role of DOR, property tax transparency, and property tax fairness.  Some of the presenters may also go into detail in regards to:  the Walgreens decision, the Gundersen decision, the “hospital tax”, and the state budget.   We will have a question and answer segment at the end of the presentations. 


The afternoon session will focus on the future of tax policy in Wisconsin and present ideas and research from two organizations.  Jack Norman from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future will be one of the afternoon presenters.  Jack will not only look at the current environment for Wisconsin tax policy, he will share his views as to the potential future of Wisconsin tax policy and share research he has done that relates to tax policy and the assessment process.  Representatives from the Wisconsin Way will also speak in the afternoon session.  They will share information about their organization, mission, and their “blueprint for change”.


The class is being submitted to the Department of Revenue for 6 hours of law and management credit.  The class will not be submitted for appraiser credit. 


The Education Committee has put together this prestigious panel of speakers at an all important time in the history Wisconsin.  Yet the class is more affordable than ever ($50).  Our hope is that we can attract a large attendance to this class and show the speakers how deeply we care about our profession.    


The Chula Vista Resort includes an indoor water recreation facility and is located at Exit #87 on I-94. Rooms for Monday night are available at a reduced government rate of $62.

Click here to go to the registration form.