Type C Notice of Referendum: NOTICE OF REFERENDUM                                            VILLAGE OF DOUSMAN                                                    August 9, 2022   Referendum Election Details At an election to be held in the Village of Dousman on August 9, 2022, the following proposed Western Lakes Fire District Staffing Referendum, will be submitted to a vote of the people:   WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin has imposed limits on town, city, village and county property tax levies under Wis. Stat. §66.0602; and   WHEREAS, Wis. Stat. §66.0602 limits the increase in 2022 to the local property tax levy to no more than the greater of (a) 0% of last year’s actual levy or (b) a percentage equal to the percentage change in equalized value due to new construction less improvements removed plus other exceptions like new debt service; and                 WHEREAS, the Village of Dousman adjusted actual levy in 2021 (collected in 2022) was $853,871; and based upon the percentage change in equalized value due to new construction less improvements removed, state law would limit the increase to $8,385 for a total allowable 2022 (collected in 2023) Village tax levy of $1,369,427 (less personal property aid of $4,669.50; plus deb adjustment of $511,840); and               WHEREAS, the Village of Dousman as a member of the Western Lakes Fire District is presently served by twenty-four (24) full-time fire and rescue personnel and thirty eight (38) additional personnel are required to maintain existing level of fire and rescue services and/or enhance future services; and    WHEREAS, the increased costs necessary to maintain services and add the additional required personnel to support the Village’s public safety present and future needs would exceed the Village’s maximum allowable levy; and                 WHEREAS, the Village Board of the Village of Dousman, Waukesha County, Wisconsin believes it is in the Village’s best interest to exceed the state levy limit as described above by a greater percentage than allowed by statute in order to increase the number of fire and rescue personnel.                  NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Board of the Village of Dousman, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, do hereby support an increase in the Village tax levy for 2022 (collected in 2023) to exceed the state levy limit.  The Village of Dousman intends that the levy increase be applied on the ongoing basis thereafter by including it in the base used to calculate the limit going forward.                    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village of Dousman directs that the question of increasing the Village tax levy for 2022 (to be collected in 2023) by 27.182%, which would increase the Village levy by $372,237 over the current year’s allowable levy, for a Village tax levy of $1,741,664, shall be submitted to the electors in a referendum election to be held on August 9, 2022, in the following form:     Ballot Text The question will appear on the ballot as follows:                   “Under state law, the increase in the levy of the Village of Dousman for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2023, is limited to 0.982%, which results in a levy of $1,369,427.  Shall the Village of Dousman be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2023, for the purpose of continuing and additional Fire Protection Services including the hiring and retaining of additional fire and rescue personnel, by a total of 27.182%, which results in a levy of $1,741,664, and on an ongoing basis, include the increase of $372,237 for each fiscal year going forward?”                   Explanation                 A “yes” vote allows the Village Board to exceed the state-imposed levy limits to provide additional funding to pay for wages adjustments and additional fire and rescue personnel.  The increased levy would apply on an ongoing basis thereafter by including it in the base used to calculate the limit going forward.    A ”no” vote does not allow the Village Board to exceed the state-imposed levy limits to provide  additional funding for additional fire and rescue personnel.                                                                                  Done in the Village of Dousman on August 1, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Penny L. Nissen, Clerk   (  

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Shortly after the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad built its line through in 1881, the Village of Dousman came into existence.  The building of the early railroads meant prosperity and, as they found out across the state, skilled craftsmen and merchants soon opened business to serve the needs of the outlying communities.  By the end of 1882, businesses included: a hotel, Cassidy's saloon, Thomas's store also the post office; Hardell's grain elevator and lumber yard, a blacksmith and wagon shop.

The new village sportingly referred to by some as "Bullfrog Station" because of surrounding bogs and marshes, was characteristic of the hundreds of Wisconsin "railroad villages" that sprang up during the 19th century.  It was formally named "Dousman" in honor of Talbot C. Dousman, who was considered the first settler in the Town of Ottawa - his claim dating to 1837.

Located in the midst of a dairy and farming community, Dousman prospered, as it does today.  Also of importance after the turn of the century was the states first fish hatchery known as the "Trout Pond" (now known as Mill Pond) and the marsh beds located some miles south of the village

To this day, the Village of Dousman is still known for its frogs and is considered home of the Wisconsin State Frog Jump! The local baseball team is called the Dousman Frogs and the annual frog jumping competition takes place every year during Dousman's Derby Days.

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