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HUDSON—St. Croix County officials are urging Wisconsin lawmakers to overturn property tax policies they say benefit big-box retailers at the expense of small businesses and homeowners. Wisconsin is the latest state to see a spike in lawsuits filed by corporate retailers like Lowe's and Walgreens seeking lower property value assessments.
Two decades in the local and international business sector taught Shannon Zimmerman that people are more likely to engage if it's convenient. The entrepreneur-turned-state representative from River Falls hopes to cull feedback from a wider range of constituents with electronic and online platforms— methods he says are essential to engaging audiences. Zimmerman recently launched the first in a series of online surveys (bit.ly/2pE8O2t) he said will help the state government "understand that the pulse and heartbeat" of the communities they serve.
A large-scale dairy manure spill under Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources investigation could prompt policy changes in St. Croix County regarding groundwater quality and public notification. The department launched its investigation of Emerald Sky Dairy following a months long gap between the spill and the report filed with the state. The spill, a DNR press release confirmed, occurred late December 2016, but was not reported to the state until March 29, 2017.