Photo by Jim Ferolie.
Thysse has grown significantly since opening in June 2012. The growth prompted the company to ask for TIF assistance while it seeks to expand to nearly twice its current size.
Thysse Printing Service has doubled its workforce since moving into a new production facility in the Alpine Business Park 18 months ago.
Now owner Jason Thysse wants to double the size of his office and production plant on West Netherwood Road to accommodate the unusually rapid growth of his company.
On Nov. 6, he presented village officials with a formal request for tax increment-financing to help cover the estimated $1 million-plus cost to expand the size of his building.
Thysse is seeking $150,000 in TIF, a form of taxpayer assistance, to add 12,000 square feet to the company’s production facility and 3,000 square feet of office space. He also needs to increase the parking area for employees.
“It’s essentially building another building exactly like what we have now – just doubling everything,” he told the Observer.
The Village of Brooklyn looks to build a memorial to honor veterans somewhere in the village. The Brooklyn Area Veterans Committee is discussing fundraising options.
The Village of Brooklyn is hoping to honor its more than 500 area veterans who have served from the War of 1812 to modern-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with a new memorial.
The idea for the memorial came from the Brooklyn Area Veterans Committee.
The committee, which consists of volunteers and local veterans, saw a presentation on and approved final plans for the memorial in late summer, and recently began fundraising for the project, which will need $60,000.
Shirley Davis, who is a member of the committee, said the group is currently discussing “a lot of different things” for potential fundraising efforts, and looks forward to eventually completing the memorial.
“It’s something I think everybody’s wanted for a long time to honor all of the veterans and their families, too,” Davis said. “They’ve gone through a lot, when they have someone off serving the country or have lost a member of their family. I think it’s just time to do this.”
Oregon residents won’t feel the big tax hikes they did the past couple years, mainly because of the school levy.
The average Village of Oregon home will be charged about $25 more in property taxes this year than last year, with most of that coming from the village’s 2.9 percent mill rate increase.
Last year, the average village homeowner had to find an extra $199, mainly, for the increased Oregon School District taxes, but this year, OSD’s mill rate dropped a fraction of a percentage in the village. Its 6-cent mill rate reduction offsets Dane County’s 7-cent increase.
Last year, the average home was valued at $213,000, but this year it has dropped to $210,000. Adjustments to the First Dollar Credit and the Lottery Credit will drop taxes by about $20 more for those who are eligible, though that amount does not vary by the value of the home.
Tax bills were to be mailed this week. They are expected to be available online Dec. 18, as well.
Village of Oregon Planning Commission members will weigh in on plans to rezone a portion of the Bergamont property near Jefferson Street and Bergamont Boulevard Dec. 12.
The rezone and certified survey maps would pave the way for commercial development along Jefferson Street, multi-family housing units on Bergamont Boulevard and a row of duplexes near Drumlin Drive.
The commission had previously viewed similar plans, but asked Bergamont owner Fiduciary Real Estate to resubmit plans that more closely resembled what was approved last year in the village’s comprehensive plan.
Fiduciary had sought to maximize the lot size of the multi-family lots in November, but those plans were met with concerns from neighbors and some commission members. Those plans called for 56 multi-family units.
The Oregon Police Department will take part in a statewide anti-drunk driving and pro-seatbelt campaign Dec. 13-21.
The initiative, “Booze and Belts,” will focus on “cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists,” according to an OPD news release.
“Fatal and serious injuries caused by traffic crashes are tragic any time of year, but they are even more devastating especially for families during the holiday season,” said OPD chief Doug Pettit. “To prevent needless deaths and injuries, our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists along with other unsafe driving behavior.”
The news release said there were 27,000 drunk driving convictions and 105,000 convictions for failure to wear a seat belt last year in Wisconsin.
Photo by Bill Livick.
The Village of Oregon will purchase the DiMaggio house at 455 Jefferson St. to add to the parks system.
The Village Board last week approved village staff’s plan to purchase a home on Jefferson Street, along with 16 acres that extend north across the Oregon branch of Badfish Creek.
The property, at 455 Jefferson St., is the estate of the late Joseph DiMaggio.
A purchase closing is scheduled for Monday morning, Dec. 9, with a price of $290,000.
The purchase puts to rest a dispute over the property that goes back almost a decade, when DiMaggio raised concerns over the village’s zoning of the land and periodic flooding of his property.
His son, Joe DiMaggio, and daughter, Jean Trainor, met with village officials in early 2010 to ask the village about changing the zoning on the 16 acres north of the home so the property could be used for agriculture or be developed residentially.
Photo by Scott Girard.
Ash trees surround Oregon Village Hall. Now that the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Dane County, Oregon will have to decide on a tree-by-tree basis whether to inoculate trees or wait for them to die.
Photo courtesy University of Georgia.
Photo courtesy City of Fitchburg.
Oregon officials were not surprised when a case of emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in Madison’s Warner Park. It’s something they’ve expected for years.
But similarly to many local municipalities, ash trees are prevalent in Oregon, both on private and city right-of-way property. If the invasive beetle, which kills ash trees by eating the tissues under the bark, makes its way here, as expected, that could mean a lot of decaying trees.
Village of Oregon public works director Mark Below said ash trees are “very numerous” in the village, calling them the “favored species” both on terraces and private property after Dutch elm disease caused problems in the state with elm trees beginning in the 1950s.
He said “(EAB)’s been a concern for years” at the village level, with on and off discussions about what would be done when the beetle showed up.
The Village Board unanimously adopted a 2014 budget last week that will have the owner of an average-priced home in the Village of Oregon pay about $17 more than last year for the village portion of its property tax bill.
Village administrator Mike Gracz estimated the average home value here dropped in the past year from $213,000 to $210,000. The village’s share of property taxes on that home will increase by an estimated $16.85, from about $1,168 to almost $1,184. Village taxes amount to about one-third of the total tax bill, and about 66 percent of the village’s general fund revenue comes from property taxes.
Village officials were still calculating the total tax bill earlier this week and were planning to send tax bills in the mail within the next week or two.
Dane County taxpayers will see about a 3.3 percent hike in the county tax rate on their annual bills due to an increase in the county’s 2014 budget.
County Executive Joe Parisi’s $560 million 2014 budget was approved and signed earlier this month with little objection by county supervisors.
The $509 million operating budget was approved 34-1 with the only no vote by Sup. Kurt Schlict of Cross Plains. The $51 million capital budget was approved 32-3. The county tax levy was unanimously approved at $3.11 per $1,000 in assessed value, an increase from last year’s rate of $3.01.
Oregon will see two new emergency warning sirens and about $16,000 in county meal funding for seniors that will make up for lost federal funds. The 2014 budget increases funds for county park upkeep and maintenance.
The 2014 budget also bolsters public safety and human service programs, Parisi said in a news release announcing the budget’s signing.