2016 WISCONSIN ELECTION DATES:
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 SPRING ELECTION
Town of Troy
Walworth County, Wisconsin
N8870 Briggs Street, East Troy, Wisconsin 53120
Information on the Town Referendum - April 5, 2016
At the upcoming Spring election on April 5, 2016, Town of Troy electors will be asked this Referendum question:
"Shall the person holding the combined office of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer in the Town of Troy be appointed by the Town Board?"
The duties of the Town Clerk/Treasurer are extensive, as described in Wisconsin Statutes Sections 60.33 and 60.34, and include (but are not limited to) the following:
· Receive and disburse Town money;
· Deposit Town money;
· Maintain all Treasurer public records;
· Perform all duties of the Treasurer related to taxation;
· Serve as Clerk of the Town Meeting;
· Serve as Clerk of the Town Board;
· Maintain a finance book for the Town;
· Conduct elections;
· Execute conveyances of real property of the Town;
· Publish and post all notices required by law;
· Maintain all public records of the Clerk;
· Issue licenses;
· Perform the Town Clerk's duties related to public instruction;
· Perform specified duties related to highways and bridges;
· Notify the County Treasurer concerning property taxes;
· Perform all other duties required by law;
· The Town Clerk/Treasurer position also currently requires computer skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and QuickBooks based on current practices.
Appointing the Town Clerk/Treasurer allows the Town Board to establish the necessary qualifications for the Town Clerk/Treasurer position, to ensure that the appointee has the necessary skills to accomplish these statutory duties.
In Walworth County, there are 16 townships, 10 have a combined Clerk/Treasurer position of which 6 are appointed. The surrounding townships of East Troy, La Grange and Lafayette all have appointed Clerk/Treasurers.
The Wisconsin Towns Association website includes the following statement as a FAQ on this subject: Q. Why do towns switch to having an appointed clerk or treasurer?
A. The positives or negatives often depend on one's perspective. But some of the key differences are as follows: Appointed clerks and treasurers: 1. Do not have to be town residents. 2. Have their qualifications, job descriptions, and wages/benefits set by the town board as they are essentially town employees hired by the board. 3. Cannot be removed by the board during their term of office, unless there is "cause" for removal (misconduct in office or neglect of duties). The board can simply choose not to re-appoint an official at the end of his or her term without having to establish cause 4. Can be appointed for a term not to exceed 3 years at one time. Can be appointed for a shorter term such as six months or one year or whatever the board deems appropriate. Elected clerks and treasurers: 1. Do have to be town residents. 2. Are answerable to the electorate and cannot be required by the board to hold specific qualifications or obtain training (unless required by state law-such as election training for clerks). 3. Can be recalled from office like other elected officials, but cannot be removed from office by a board vote. 4. Are elected for two year terms at the spring election in odd-numbered years.
This is a significant issue for the Town of Troy, and it is our hope that this information will be helpful to you as you consider your vote on the upcoming Referendum question.
TOWN OF TROY TOWN BOARD
John Kendall, Town Chairman
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2016 PARTISAN PRIMARY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
POLLS OPEN AT 7:00AM AND CLOSE AT 8:00PM
Voter Photo ID will be required. Remember to bring your photo ID to the polls.
http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/ for more information on photo ID
Free State ID for voting purposes information: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/idcard.htm
State of Wisconsin Voter Public Access: https://vpa.wi.gov/
My Vote Wisconsin: http://MyVote.WI.gov
Town of Troy Polling Location:
Troy Town Hall, N8870 Briggs Street, East Troy, Wisconsin
Contact: Tracey Raymond, Clerk/Treasurer, (262) 642-5292, firstname.lastname@example.org
To check the status of your absentee ballot or check your voter history
The State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has all the forms available for download at their web site. Below are links to some of the most requested forms.
GAB-131 Voter Registration Application