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July 25 public hearing slated for creation of special assessment on well/septic of Wash Co properties

July 6, 2019 – Washington County, WI – The Washington County Planning and Parks Department will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:35 a.m. regarding the creation of an Annual Special Charge Tax Assessment for Washington County properties served by Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS) for the purposes of tracking and maintenance.

The POWTS Maintenence Program Special Charge report, which can be found here, states:

The number of parcels serviced by POWTS in Washington County continues to change and we continue to
refine the inventory of systems. As of June 13, 2019, staff estimates 20,313 parcels are served by POWTS
throughout the County. Staff is recommending program costs be assessed at $11 per parcel annually served
by POWTS or $11 per system, whichever is greater based on the above cost estimate. Approximately 20,209
parcels (99.5%) would be assessed an $11 fee ($11 x 20,209= $222,299). The remaining roughly 103 parcels
would be assessed between $22-$66 depending on the number of POWTS systems on the property as follows:
 4 parcels at $66 annually
 6 parcels at $55 annually
 4 parcels at $44 annually
 10 parcels at $33 annually
 80 parcels at $22 annually

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 7:35 a.m. in Room 1014 of the Herbert J Tennies Government Center, 423 E. Washington Street, West Bend.

Questions may be directed to your district County Supervisor. Locate your supervisor HERE.

Communication regarding this meeting may be sent to Planning and Parks Department Supervisor Jamie Ludovic via email [email protected],wi.us, by calling 262-335-4445, or by mail at 333 W. Washington Street, #2300, West Bend, WI 53090.



  1. Ah yes once again our county officials are slamming us residents with another new fee/tax. First they want us to pay to use the parks we already pay for and now they want us homeowners to pay for our private septic systems that we pay private companies to maintain every couple of years. When I see the headline a special tax to track and maintain private septic systems, I have to shake my head in disbelief. Those of us that have private systems pay private companies to pump and safely dispose of the waste. The private companies will then send the county the information on the date of the pumping and where the waste was disposed of. I don’t have any county officials watching as my system is being maintained. This is once again nothing but an easy $250,000 money grab. This is totally ridiculous!!

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