Owen Robinson Archive

GUEST EDITORIAL | West Bend School District Levies 7.17% Tax Increase | By Owen Robinson

October 7, 2019 – West Bend, WI – I see a story in the Washington County Daily News today where the West Bend School District has returned to the cloudy language of taxes. WEST BEND — Good news for property owners in the West Bend Joint School District: the budget

Guest Editorial | Is West Bend Planning to Build a School For Germantown Kids? | By Owen Robinson

Feb. 3, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Ever since the West Bend School Board started down the road of building a new Jackson Elementary School, something has struck me as odd about the location. Follow me here… The plans for a New Jackson Elementary School in the West

Guest Editorial | West Bend Annual Meeting, Budget, and Tax Levy | By Owen Robinson

  Sept. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – On Monday, the voters of the West Bend School District are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Electors. This is an annual meeting where, theoretically, the voters approve some of the big ticket items like the tax levy and budget.

Guest Editorial | West Bend Referendum Fight is Not Over | By Owen Robinson

August 21, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The citizens of West Bend received a reprieve last night when the West Bend School Board decided to suspend the referendum effort. “Suspend” is the key word. At the meeting, School Board President Joel Ongert made it clear that he wants

Letter to the Editor | Teachers in West Bend School District received pay increase | By Rick Parks

  August 6, 2018 – West Bend, WI – While I do understand that Jason Penterman’s recent letter to the editor on behalf of the West Bend Education Association was provoked by Owen Robinson’s column on upcoming school referendums, that doesn’t relieve Jason of the need to be accurate

Deer in West Bend | By Owen Robinson

July 28, 2017 – West Bend, WI – There has been a push in West Bend in recent years to allow some sort of hunting in the city parks. The reason for this is that there are a LOT of deer. But the data has been hard to come

Repeal the Minimum Markup Law | By Owen Robinson

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May 23, 2017 – West Bend, WI – West Bend has been enjoying something of a retail renaissance in the past few years. Unfortunately, Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, A.K.A. “Minimum Markup Law,” is preventing consumers to reap the benefits of such an upsurge in competition. Just in the last

Justman’s Troubled Past in County By Owen Robinson

April 3, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Owen Robinson posted this story a couple weeks ago. I tried a number of times to get a hold of Nancy Justman, who is running for West Bend School Board. She said she’ll be available Monday after 11 a.m.  We’ll bring

Boots & Sabers: Reforms for Referendum Process. By Owen Robinson

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Reforms for Referendum Process When the state passed Act 10 in 2011, it did a few things. It pulled back state funding, but gave districts much more freedom to actively manage their budgets. The intent was that school districts would be prudent stewards of the taxpayers’

West Bend School Board race: One vote for Gieryn, Miller and Cammack. By Owen Robinson

March 21, 2017 – West Bend, WI – April 4 brings us another opportunity to exercise our right to elect our political and judicial leaders. While the national and state elections tend to get all of the attention, it is our local elected officials who arguably have more of
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