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Counties in Wisconsin

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There are 72 counties in Wisconsin.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Wisconsin consists of 72 counties, 595 cities and villages, and 1255 towns. In addition, there are 761 special districts and 440 independent school districts.[2]

Further classifications:

  • All cities and villages have home rule authority and are able to pass charter ordinances.[3]
  • Milwaukee is the only first-class city and only remaining city with a private act charter. Other cities are classified as second, third, or fourth class.[4]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin

Cities and villages have a state set initiative process in Wis. Stat. § 9.20 that may be used to propose and vote on regular ordinances or charter ordinances.

However, court decisions have limited the subject matter available for initiative. An ordinance initiated under Wis. Stat. § 9.20: 1) must be legislative as opposed to administrative or executive in nature; 2) cannot repeal (or conflict with) an existing ordinance; 3) may not exceed the legislative powers conferred upon the governing municipal body; and 4) may not modify statutorily prescribed procedures or standards (which includes zoning). The restriction on conflicting with existing ordinances limits the initiative power compared with other states.[5][6]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Wisconsin county websites

As of 2009:

  • 39 Wisconsin counties put their budgets on their websites.
  • 51 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 62 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 63 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 44 gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 18 of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Two counties provided information about their contracts with county vendors.
  • None of the county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • Four county websites provided information on how to request public records using the Wisconsin Open Records Law.
  • Five county websites provided some information about county taxes.

List of counties

County County seat
Adams County, Wisconsin Friendship
Ashland County, Wisconsin Ashland, Wisconsin
Barron County, Wisconsin Barron, Wisconsin
Bayfield County, Wisconsin Washburn
Brown County, Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin
Buffalo County, Wisconsin Alma, Wisconsin
Burnett County, Wisconsin Siren
Calumet County, Wisconsin Chilton, Wisconsin
Chippewa County, Wisconsin Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Clark County, Wisconsin Neillsville, Wisconsin
Columbia County, Wisconsin Portage, Wisconsin
Crawford County, Wisconsin Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Dane County, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin
Dodge County, Wisconsin Juneau, Wisconsin
Door County, Wisconsin Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Douglas County, Wisconsin Superior, Wisconsin
Dunn County, Wisconsin Menomonie, Wisconsin
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Florence County, Wisconsin Florence, Wisconsin
Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Forest County, Wisconsin Crandon, Wisconsin
Grant County, Wisconsin Lancaster, Wisconsin
Green County, Wisconsin Monroe, Wisconsin
Green Lake County, Wisconsin Green Lake, Wisconsin
Iowa County, Wisconsin Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Iron County, Wisconsin Hurley, Wisconsin
Jackson County, Wisconsin Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Jefferson County, Wisconsin Jefferson, Wisconsin
Juneau County, Wisconsin Mauston, Wisconsin
Kenosha County, Wisconsin Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kewaunee County, Wisconsin Kewaunee, Wisconsin
La Crosse County, Wisconsin La Crosse, Wisconsin
Lafayette County, Wisconsin Darlington, Wisconsin
Langlade County, Wisconsin Antigo, Wisconsin
Lincoln County, Wisconsin Merrill, Wisconsin
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Marathon County, Wisconsin Wausau, Wisconsin
Marinette County, Wisconsin Marinette, Wisconsin
Marquette County, Wisconsin Montello, Wisconsin
Menominee County, Wisconsin Keshena
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Monroe County, Wisconsin Sparta, Wisconsin
Oconto County, Wisconsin Oconto, Wisconsin
Oneida County, Wisconsin Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Outagamie County, Wisconsin Appleton, Wisconsin
Ozaukee County, Wisconsin Port Washington, Wisconsin
Pepin County, Wisconsin Durand, Wisconsin
Pierce County, Wisconsin Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Polk County, Wisconsin Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
Portage County, Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Price County, Wisconsin Phillips, Wisconsin
Racine County, Wisconsin Racine, Wisconsin
Richland County, Wisconsin Richland Center, Wisconsin
Rock County, Wisconsin Janesville, Wisconsin
Rusk County, Wisconsin Ladysmith, Wisconsin
Sauk County, Wisconsin Baraboo, Wisconsin
Sawyer County, Wisconsin Hayward, Wisconsin
Shawano County, Wisconsin Shawano, Wisconsin
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Sheboygan, Wisconsin
St. Croix County, Wisconsin Hudson, Wisconsin
Taylor County, Wisconsin Medford, Wisconsin
Trempealeau County, Wisconsin Whitehall, Wisconsin
Vernon County, Wisconsin Viroqua, Wisconsin
Vilas County, Wisconsin Eagle River, Wisconsin
Walworth County, Wisconsin Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Washburn County, Wisconsin Shell Lake, Wisconsin
Washington County, Wisconsin West Bend, Wisconsin
Waukesha County, Wisconsin Waukesha, Wisconsin
Waupaca County, Wisconsin Waupaca, Wisconsin
Waushara County, Wisconsin Wautoma, Wisconsin
Winnebago County, Wisconsin Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Wood County, Wisconsin Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

See also

References

  1. National Association of Counties "County Seats," accessed September 19, 2013
  2. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
  3. League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Organization and Powers of Cities and Villages
  4. League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Distinction Among Classes of Cities
  5. Mount Horeb Community Alert v. Village Board of Mt. Horeb, 263 Wis. 2d 544, 665 N.W.2d 229 (2003)
  6. Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state