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Let's say you own a historical building on Main Street in Stevens Point. Your building is well-maintained and the City has assessed your property at $200,000. Every year, you pay about $4,976.00 in property taxes (this includes the City, County, School District, and Technical College property tax levy). When a BID is established, the BID Board is able to levy additional money on your property for the purposes described above. For example, if the BID were to levy $1.00 per $1,000 for BID purposes, your property taxes would increase by $200. In return, the BID provides the following (for example):
Several BIDs in Wisconsin hire part-time or full-time BID managers to assist with the above examples.
Money that is levied for the purposes of the BID MUST be utilized in the BID. The City would be the "caretaker" of the funds and would assist in the management and disbursement of those funds consistent with the BID Board of Director’s directive.
Some examples: the City of Wausau’s River District/Downtown BID, City of Eau Claire’s Water Street BID, City of Green Bay On Broadway BID, and the City of Milwaukee Historic Third Ward BID. More successful examples can be found on the UW-Extension website.
In short, BIDs can’t levy any property tax on property-tax exempt properties. You are, however, a recipient of the benefits of being within the BID.
You can contact Ryan Kernosky, Director of Community Development for the City of Stevens Point at 715-346-1567 or email him at email@example.com.
Stevens Point map on the FEMA website
Flood Zone Determination Services
Forms on the FEMA website
In addition, property owners may apply for a Letter of Determination Review (LODR). A LODR is a review of the lender's determination. In other words, the LODR is a process where FEMA reviews the same information the lender used to determine that the structure was located in a SFHA. It is important to note that the LODR process does not consider the elevation of the structure or property above the flood level; rather, it considers only the location of the structure relative to the special flood hazard area boundary shown on the FIRM. Thus, property owners should be aware that the lender does not consider the elevation of the property or structure when determining if the property or structure is in or out of the SFHA. FEMA reviews this information and issues its finding of whether the structure is located in the SFHA according to the current NFIP map. The request for such a letter must be jointly requested by the property owner and the lender no later than 45 days following the date the lender notified the borrower that the property is in a special flood hazard area. While this determination cannot consider the elevation of the structure or property, it can be useful if the property owner feels the lender's interpretation of the map is incorrect.
To summarize, then, there are obviously some important distinctions between the two processes (LODR versus LOMA/ LOMR-F).
1. The determinations are based on different data. The LODR process does not consider the (vertical) elevation of the structure or property above the flood level; rather, it considers only the horizontal location of the structure relative to the special flood hazard area boundary shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map. The LOMA/LOMR-F process uses actual survey elevation data to determine if the property or structure is at or above the elevation of the SFHA. 2. There are different fees involved. A listing of all fees associated with flood map reviews can be found on the FEMA website. 3. The determinations result in different actions. A LODR does not result in an amendment or revision to the National Flood Insurance Program map. It is only FEMA's finding regarding the structure's location with respect to a delineated special flood hazard area. A LOMA or LOMR-F actually removes the SFHA designation from the property by letter.
Fees associated with Flood Map Reviews
In Wisconsin, it is recommended that local officials require the property owner to provide a site plan showing the location of the proposed project in relation to the SFHA. The site plan should be done by a licensed engineer or surveyor.
The above information was obtained from "Floodplain and Shoreland Management Notes", Volume 4, Number 1, Winter 2006, WI Department of Natural Resources.
Permits are required for most building and remodeling projects including; any structural work, siding, reroofing, remodeling, replacement of a water heater/furnace/air conditioner, sheds, fencing, building demolition, electrical upgrades, and plumbing work beyond fixtures. To avoid a double permit fee, please call and inquire prior to the start of your project if you are unsure.
Open burning is allowed without a permit if: fire is contained within a commercially-manufactured outdoor fireplace, or within a below ground pit (4" min.) and less than three feet in diameter and at least ten feet from any structure. Fires shall be put out by 11:00 PM.
Typical turf grass lawns and weeds, including the area within the boulevard (between the curb and sidewalk), should be kept less than 9” tall. Noncompliance will result in abatement by the City with any unpaid costs being assessed against the property. Natural/native lawns are allowed with a corresponding plan for these types of plantings and the ongoing maintenance.
Snow must be fully removed from the entire width of the public sidewalk surrounding your property within 24 hours of the ending snowfall. Streets where no boulevard exists shall have 48 hours. The entire sidewalk must be free of all hazards. Sand is available in 5 locations throughout the City for use by residents. Noncompliance will result in abatement by the City without notice, with any unpaid costs being assessed against the property.
Furniture and appliances that are designed for interior use are prohibited to be used in any outdoor areas exposed to weather. Bulk item curbside pick-up is also available at the Treasury Department or on-line for $15.00, with all nonhazardous items being picked up every Monday morning.
Carts for refuse and recyclable materials collected by the City shall be placed at the curb the evening before collection, and removed by midnight the day of collection. Garbage & recycling containers shall be stored at or beyond the front plane or closest protrusion of the dwelling toward the street. The brown lid carts are for garbage and the green lid carts are for recycling. All cart contents must fit inside the carts with the lid fully closed or they will not be picked up.
Alternate side parking is in effect 2:30 AM - 6:00 AM on any city street except in the Downtown Business District.
Vehicles licensed for use on public roadways must be parked on an approved hard surface: gravel, concrete, blacktop, or paver blocks. The entire vehicle must be parked on a hard surface, not on the grass. Recreational style vehicles (boats, trailers, campers, etc.) may be parked on any surface, anywhere on the property.
Vehicle licensing & Repairs: All vehicles must be operational and have current license plates displayed at all times if they are parked outside a garage.
Licensing: Every owner of a dog or cat must license each pet annually, which requires a valid rabies certificate and fee payment.
Prohibited Animals: No one shall keep, maintain, or possess any farm or dangerous or wild animal within the City limits. Rabbits, ducks, pigeons and chickens (hens only) are allowed by special permit.
Runoff from our roofs, streets, and parking lots are collected in a storm drain system. This is a system of collection basins and pipes that transport the water entering this system to a nearby lake, river, or wetland where it is discharged untreated along with any contaminants it has collected along the way.