The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods
is committed to enhancing our members’ and our fellow citizens’ understanding and participation regarding local government. The average citizen’s knowledge about local issues, local elections and local government often falls short of what it takes to insure good government and wise allocation of local tax dollars.
Think about it — many things that determine the quality of our daily lives are controlled at the local level:
Public health and safety
Child protection services
Water and sewage
Parks and recreation
The ongoing activities of local government receive relatively little attention amidst media whoopla about state and national politics. We seek to fill in that gap. We want to know:
• Who are our local officials?
• What are the duties of various boards, councils and committees?
• How do they operate?
• What are the important issues and related interest groups?
• How wisely are decisions being made and tax dollars being spent?
• What are the opportunities for public input?
LWVNOW’s strategies to encourage informed participation include:
Co-sponsoring events and forums devoted to local issues and elections.
Getting to know local officials.
Disseminating information about the operations and responsibilities of local government entities.
Encouraging citizens to consider running for local offices.
Each LWVNOW member selecting a county, district or municipality meeting to attend on a regular basis to report about key issues, official actions taken and opportunities for citizen input.
Resources for observing local government: League of Women Voter’s Observing Your Government in Action: A Resource Guide; League of Women Voters of the Northwoods Tips for Agency Observers and Observer’s Meeting Report Form
Good to Know:
Wisconsin’s state constitution specifies that county government’s responsibilities are limited by statute to carrying out state laws, while municipalities have been granted “home rule”.
For information about Public Records and Open Meetings law and public participation in government meetings: Citizens for Education in Town Governance website page Open Government
LWV WI Local Government Advocacy
Click to view the LWV WI website page County Government