Aug. 4, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – The Washington County link for the letters on POWTS/septic has been reposted on the Washington County website. As of Thursday evening, July 25, 2019 the link was temporarily removed as IT worked to address personal information that was included in some of the submitted letters.
The letter link has now been reestablished and 152 pages of submitted letters can be found HERE.
The letters were read during a public hearing Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Click HERE to watch that public hearing concerning the POWTS/septic issue where the county board is considering adding an annual $11 charge to maintain the POWTS system in Washington County.
Local blogger Owen Robinson from bootsandsabers.com recently wrote an article about the proposed $11 increase. A portion of his article is below.
It’s not about the $11
Last week this column covered a proposal by the Washington County Planning and Parks Department to impost a new annual fee on the 20,312 private onsite wastewater treatment systems in the county. The passionate opposition to the proposed $11 fee reminds us that the fires that heated the tea party movement and continue to burn for President Trump are still very hot in Washington County.
For what was supposed to be just another sleepy public meeting at 7:35 on a Thursday morning, well over on hundred agitated citizens showed up to have their say. The main room overflowed into two other rooms. At one point, the meeting was paused for 15 minutes while they removed the chairs to be in compliance with the fire code.
By the time the meeting was over, hours later, over sixty people had spoken. Many more people had signed up to speak, but had to leave for reason or another as the hours dragged on. When the speakers had finished, 146 pages of letters and emails that were sent to public officials regarding the proposed POWTS fee were read. The people were almost universally in opposition to the proposed fee, but the commentary exposed the many fissures in the public’s trust of government.
Several of the speakers pointed out that the meeting was being held at an incredibly inconvenient time for anyone who works. One speaker pointed out that everyone in the room was of retirement age — to the jovial objection of a younger woman swimming in the sea of grey. The speakers and letters continued to emphasize that a government that really cares about what the people think makes an effort to schedule public hearings for a time when people can actually attend.
Some of the opposition centered on the fact that the proposed fee is simply a tax by another name and that government fees inevitably and unrelentingly go up. The wise citizens of Washington County are not to be bamboozled by arbitrary word games. They know that money being taken out of their pockets by their government is still money they no longer have, whether referred to as a tax or a fee by government officials.
Much of the outrage had to do with…
Click HERE to read the rest of the article by Owen Robinson at bootsandsabers.com
Washington County Parks Department is rescheduling the POWTS Special Assessment Informational Session scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 at 6 p.m. at Richfield Volunteer Fire Station #1 due to concerns about seating and room capacity.
The County has reason to believe a larger location is needed.
“We feel it is extremely important to ensure the public has the opportunity to learn more about the public policy surrounding this discussion and participate further,” said Jamie Ludovic, Central Services Director at Washington County.
The meeting will be rescheduled prior to any County Board action on the subject but the Land Use and Planning Committee may discuss the item at its standing Committee meeting on August 22.
According to Ludovic the committee will discuss the proposal and reportedly take no action.
The issue is expected to go before the full county board on Sept. 11, 2019.