Sunday, January 31, 2010

Income Tax Help Available For Seniors

Senior citizens and low-income residents can get free help with their income tax returns between February and April through the Village of Bellevue.

The service is available to any Brown County resident who calls for an appointment at (920) 468-5225. Appointments are available every Wednesday starting Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. The tax help occurs at the Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Ave.

The program is presented by the Bellevue Leisure Services Department and is sponsored by American Association of Retired Persons in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Trained volunteers will be available to help.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Village Receives Improved ISO Fire Protection Rating

Earlier this year, the Village was audited by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). During the audit the Village was required to provide information on water supply/delivery; data regarding calls for service and 911 emergency responses; and training and inspection records for review. ISO uses this information to establish a fire protection rating. Scoring is based on a ten point system with a one being the best and ten being the worst. These ratings are used by a number of insurance companies to assign risk to homes and businesses when calculating insurance premiums for Fire Loss. A lower ISO rating usually equates to premium savings for residents and businesses.

Over the past several years the Village Fire and Water Departments have made enhancements to our infrastructure and public safety services. As a result, the Village’s fire protection rating has improved. Prior to the audit, the Village had an ISO Rating of 5 in hydrated areas and 9 in non-hydranted areas. The most recent audit shows a marked improvement. The Village received a new classification of 3 in hydrated areas and class 8B in non-hydranted areas. Nationally only 2.6% of municipalities have a rating of 3 with even fewer having a 2 (.7%) or 1 (.1%).

The Village advises residents and businesses to provide this information when discussing insurance rates. If you have any questions regarding our ISO rating please contact the Village offices at 468-5225.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Road Referendum Public Information Meeting Scheduled

The Village of Bellevue will host a public information meeting to start the process of drafting ballot language for the November 2, 2010 referendum. The purpose of the referendum is to determine the Village's future special assessment policy. Residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded by special assessment or general tax levy. Village staff will provide a brief presentation on the questions that will need to be answered prior to the approval of the ballot language.

The Village Board will select a steering committee of residents to assist in the drafting of ballot language.

The Village will host this meeting on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road). At that time, officials will be asking residents to submit a notice of interest to serve on the steering committee. Forms to submit a notice will be available at the meeting.

For more information go to the Village's website at: