Know Your Local Government Series

Beloit Public Library and Stateline Community Foundation have teamed up to present this civic education series titled Know Your Local Government. This first segment focuses on Property Taxes. Read the White Paper written by Laura Grube, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Beloit College, and Jeff Adams, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Economics at Beloit College:

Know Your Local Government: Property Taxes White Paper

Know Your Local Government: Your Property Taxes

Know Your Local Government Series program poster featuring four sessions

Click here for a downloadable flyer

Hear from all four taxing districts to learn where your property taxes go: City of Beloit, Blackhawk Technical College, Rock County, and School District of Beloit. Learn how much each group receives and how they use it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Beloit Public Library
Topic: City of Beloit Taxes
Presenter: Eric Miller, Finance and Administrative Services Director
View Eric Miller’s presentation slides
View Eric Miller’s recorded presentation

Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Beloit Public Library
Topic: Blackhawk Technical College Taxes
Presenter: Renea Ranguette, Vice President for Finance and Operations
Register to attend and receive a free lunch

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Beloit Public Library
Topic: Rock County Taxes
Presenter: Sherry Oja, Finance Director
Register to attend and receive a free lunch

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Beloit Public Library
Topic: School District of Beloit Taxes
Presenter: Wendy LaPointe, Director of Finance
Register to attend and receive a free lunch

Spend your lunch hour with us getting to know your local government. Stateline Community Foundation is sponsoring the event, which includes a free lunch for the first 25 people to register for each presentation. To register, visit the library’s registration page at https://beloitlibrary.org/how-do-i/register-for-a-program/ or call (608)364-2905.

Why should you “Know Your Local Government”?

Local government affects your day-to-day life and quality of life.
Decisions by the school board, for example, impact the quality of education that your child receives. Decisions by the city have ramifications for policing and public safety, the state of the roads and intersections, and the quality of neighborhood parks.

It is easiest to affect change at the local level.
As a resident, you can meet with and make an appeal to your elected officials, or provide feedback on an issue being discussed at a city council meeting. In small cities and towns, it can be easier to have your voice heard.

Local government decisions impact your pocketbook.
If you’re a property owner, you pay for local government through your property tax bill. Of course, local governments also collect revenue from residents through fees, utility bills, etc.

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