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Published Monthly In Kohler, WI53044Volume 1, Number1
August, 2005
Kohler
announcements of weddings, engagements, births, adoptions, christenings, etc.
The Kohler Villager 
will also feature a“Milestones” section announcing promo-tions, awards, accomplishments, receivingof degrees, etc. There is no charge for thesesubmissions. Press releases and humaninterest articles and photos will be also beaccepted and printed as space allows.
How are articles submitted?
Mail, e-mail or drop off in
The Kohler Villager 
drop-off box. Contact informationand the drop-off box location appear at theend of this article. School-related informa-tion can still be left in the
 Kohler Times
mailbox in the school mailroom.
Will the deadlines change?
Yes! Please mark your calendars with thefollowing deadlines:Articles for both the
 Kohler Times
and
The Kohler Villager 
are due the 20th of eachmonth.Advertising for 
The Kohler Villager 
is due the 15th of each month.
Where can I find more information onadvertising and submitting news forarti-cles?
Visit the website or call or write me for amedia kit.Terra Media, L.L.C.219 Church St., Kohler, WI53044Phone: 920-331-4904.Website: kohlervillager.comE-mail:kohlervillager@charter.net.
The Kohler Villager 
makes its debut!
by Mary Struck, Publisher/Editor 
Welcome to the inaugural issue of 
TheKohler Villager 
! Where is the
 Kohler Times
, you ask? It’s in the center of thispublication as a 4-page insert containingcritical school-related information only.This new format allows families of Kohler Schools students to remove and keephandy — important school-relatedannouncements and information. Non-criti-cal school-related articles and photos can befound throughout
The Kohler Villager 
.I hope you find this first issue of 
TheKohler Villager 
informative and interesting.I hope to see it evolve as residents, readersand the business community offer input andsubmissions for future issues. Feedback isalways welcome!Thank you to those who have expressedpositive support in anticipation of this firstpublication, and a special thank you to allbusinesses advertising in this August issue!If you missed the July issue of the
Kohler Times
school newsletter detailingthe changes, the following is a partial recapof some of the important information:
Is
The Kohler Villager 
an extension of the
Kohler Times
?
 No.
The Kohler Villager 
is independent-ly published by Terra Media, L.L.C. of Kohler. To avoid confusion and redundan-cy, the school district has agreed to allowthe
 Kohler Times
to be included inside
TheKohler Villager 
as an insert. This arrange-ment will also allow the
 Kohler Times
school newsletter to be delivered via firstclass postage rate rather than third classrate, which should alleviate the problem of open enrollment families receiving their 
 Kohler Times
two weeks late, or not at all.
Will There Be ASubscription Price For
The Kohler Villager 
?
 No. As an advertiser supported paper,
The Kohler Villager 
will continue to bedelivered to all residents and open enroll-ment families free of charge. The paper willnow also be delivered to all Kohler busi-nesses. Non-residents without children inKohler Schools will receive the Augustissue free of charge with an option to con-tinue receiving
The Kohler Villager 
for a $6yearly postage and handling fee. See theorder form on page 9. (Advertisers locatedoutside of Kohler receive a complementaryissue for each month their ad is run). Eachissue will also be available online for view-ing at www.kohlervillager.com
Will
The Kohler Villager 
have an editori-al page oraccept letters to the editor?
The Kohler Villager 
will not have aneditorial page or print letters to the editor.However, anyone wishing to advertise spe-cial messages such as “thank you’s,” con-gratulatory messages, or memorials may purchase ad space.
Will
The Kohler Villager 
accept articles,photos and press releases?
Residents are encouraged to submit
 
About ThePublisher/Editor
Mary Struckmoved from Appleton to theSheboygan areawith her hus-band, Kevin, in1988. The Struckfamily has livedin Kohler since1996.Mary worked for 10 years as atypesetter/graphic artist at various firmsin the Appleton and Sheboygan areas,and has been doing freelance desktoppublishing and web design from homesince 1992 after the birth of her oldestchild.Mary has also volunteered herservices for Kohler Schools as well asnon-profit organizations and eventssuch as Kohler School Friends, Mealson Wheels, Acuity Health Classic andGlacial Lakes Conservancy. She is alsothe typesetter/editor for the
Kohler Times
school newsletter.Mary and Kevin reside in Kohler withtheir two children, Nicole, 13 and Kyle,10. Kevin is employed by the Universityof Wisconsin-Extension.
The Kohler Schools Administration and theBoard of Education were given less than aone-half of one percent increase in revenue for the 2005-06 school year due to revenue caps.Unlike other districts that cut across thebudget and affect everything, the Board'sFinance Committee and Administration set apriority of not cutting staff who directly affectstudent learning or programming. The firststep was to not fill the retiring Building andGrounds Supervisor position and insteadreassign those duties. The second step was toreallocate some of the School Psychologistadministrative and guidance functions to helpstreamline that position to allow for schoolpsychologist work that will be purchased on ashared service agreement with PlymouthSchools. Step three was to then restructure theadministrative duties of 3.6 administrators andone supervisor to 3 administrators.
Revenue caps force KohlerSchools torestructure its administration
The result is a restructuring plan for administration that will place the followingduties on the following administrators:
Mr. Jeff Dickert - District Administrator,B&G Supervisor, Federal and StateGrants Administrator, CommunityProgramming Administrator, SpecialEducation Designee.
Mr. Lance Northey - Grades 7-12Principal, with direct supervision of grades 7-12 staff, curriculum, specialeducation, at-risk, and gifted andtalented.
Mrs. Susan Jaberg - Grades JK-6 Deanof Students, with direct supervision of grades JK-6 staff, curriculum, specialeducation, at-risk, and gifted andtalented.This streamlining will be evaluated at themidway point of the 2005-06 school year for efficiency and effectiveness. The restructuringsaved the District approximately $80,000 of  budgetary expenses. Other cuts to the budget:
Paid supervision of staff at activities andsporting events cut and assigned toadministration.
Copying and paper usage cut 20%.
Classroom supply budgets cut 10%.
Elimination of 50% Library Aide position,which will be replaced by parent or community volunteers. Employee trans-ferred to another aide position whereanother employee is leaving the district,thus no layoff.
Cut $7,500 from Natural Gas allowance.
 Information provided by the Kohler School  District 
Overview of theWisconsin staterevenue limits
The state began imposing arevenue limit on school districts inthe 1993-94 school year. Therevenue cap is calculated each year for each school district by applying a formula that is drivenby three factors: the district’s perpupil revenue base, the changein school enrollment, and aninflation factor (i.e., a maximumallowable increase in revenue perpupil).
Source: Wisconsin Council onChildren & Families
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The following article was compiled by KevinStruck, University of Wisconsin-Extension,and is based on information from theWisconsin Department of Revenue and the“Project Plan for the Creation of TaxIncremental District No. 3 in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin,” prepared by Ehlers & ssociates, Inc.]
What is TIF?
The Tax Incremental Finance Law (TIF) wasapproved by the Wisconsin Legislature in1975 as a financial tool cities and villagescould use to promote tax base expansion. It istargeted toward eliminating blighted areas,rehabilitating areas declining in value, andpromoting industrial and mixed use develop-ment. Since the public improvement costsneeded to develop or redevelop an area aresometimes too prohibitive for a municipalityand/or developer to cover alone, bonds areissued to finance the development costs (e.g.,sewers, utilities, streets). The resulting proper-ty taxes generated by the new development aretemporarily earmarked for paying off theonds.
How does TIFwork?
When a Tax Increment District (TID) is creat-ed for new development, the municipality andother taxing entities, such as the school districtand the county, agree to pay for their day-to-day expenses from the tax base existing with-in the district prior to the TID, since no addi-tional tax revenues from the TID will beshared with the municipality or the school dis-trict until the TID is retired—typically in 15to 20 years. In the meantime, taxes paid by property owners within the TID go toward paying off the costs that were incurred due tothe development.Why would municipalities and school dis-tricts agree to delay receiving tax revenuesfrom a new development? Each entity sharesa common hope that TIF expenditures will promote future property tax growth thatwould not otherwise have occurred withoutthe TID and its mechanism for helping tofinance development.
The proposed TID No. 3 in Kohler
Tax Incremental District No. 3 is being pro- posed by the Village of Kohler under theauthority provided by Wisconsin StatuteSection 66.1105. The developer is expected to be the Kohler Company. The District is beingcreated as a “Mixed Use District,” with acombination of residential and industrialdevelopment. Some of the anticipated publicimprovements include new residential streetswest of Woodland Road, a pedestrian bridgeacross Greenfield Drive, the northside sani-tary sewer expansion, water mains, utilities, astorm sewer system, and park facilities.Kohler Company has indicated the potentialfor purchasing the entire amount of bondsnecessary to finance the projected improve-ments. As part of the terms of the bonds pur-chased by the Kohler Company, the pay-ment of bonds would be limited to the taxincrement revenues to be generated withinthe TID. As such, these bonds would not begeneral obligations of the Village, as is com-monly the case in most other TIDs through-out Wisconsin. In addition, the costs of financing, issuance expenses, and capital-ization of interest may be reduced or limited based upon further negotiations between theVillage of Kohler and Kohler Company.Based on the preliminary designs and proj-ect costs, Ehlers & Associates, Inc., the con-sultant retained by the Village to assist withthe TID, estimates that projected tax rev-enues from the development during the lifeof the TID will be sufficient to retire thedebt proposed to finance all projects of theDistrict.Atotal of 179 single-family residential lotsand 42 condominiums are ultimately antici- pated to be added to the Village as a result of TID No. 3. Based on 2000 U.S. Census data,this will add approximately 577 new resi-dents to the Village over the next 15 years or so, including about 125 school age children.Additional Village government and schooldistrict expenditures may be necessary toadequately serve these new residents.Whether these expenditures will be offset bythe eventual increase in tax base has not yet been analyzed.
Public involvement
As part of the TID review process, a specialJoint Review Board made up of representativesfrom the Village of Kohler; Sheboygan County;the Lakeshore Technical College TechnicalCollege District; the Kohler School District;and an at-large public member, will gather August 4, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. to hold a commu-nity informational meeting.On August 18 at 7:00 P.M., most likely in theKohler Memorial Theater, the Village PlanCommission will hold a public hearing on theTID No. 3 Project Plan and boundaries, after which it will consider approval of the TID.Subsequent meetings by the Kohler VillageBoard and the Joint Review Board will bescheduled as necessary, and will be open to the public. The entire Project Plan, including maps,is available for review at the Village Hall.
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TIFDistrict Would Include Residential and Industrial 
Potential areas of major TIFinvestments. (Map does not show entire Tax Incremental District boundary or all potential elements.)
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The Kohler Police Department is currently staffed by7 full-time, and 3 part-time law enforcement officers.Each month, an officer will be featured in this section.
Chief William Rutten
William Rutten has been the Chief of the Kohler Police Department since 2001. He was hired as theLieutenant in 1999. Anative of Menasha, Chief Ruttenhad 11 years of experience with the West Bend PoliceDepartment as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, FieldTraining Officer and Patrol Sergeant prior to his serv-ice with the Village of Kohler.In addition to being the Chief of Police, Chief Rutten is also the Emergency Management Director for the Village of Kohler.After joining the Menasha Police Department’sExplorers Post in high school, Chief Rutten becameinterested in the law enforcement profession becausehe felt it was a good fit for his personality and career goals. Explorers Post provides young people with theopportunity to learn about the law enforcement profes-sion, and one of the more memorable activities Chief Rutten took part in six months before high school grad-uation was a “ride-along” with officers.Chief Rutten went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, earning a bachelor’s degree inCriminal Justice and Political Science, and a master’sdegree in Public Administration.Chief Rutten also recently graduated from the FBINational Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This trainingis for police executives who apply for the academy,then are selected and sponsored by the FBI for advanced administrative/leadership training.Chief Rutten trained among 250 fellow law enforce-ment professionals from 25 different nations and all buttwo states in the United States. (Wisconsin only sends16 applicants each year.)Underwritten by the University of Virginia, the 10-week long academy provided such classes as psycholo-gy, crime scene forensics, news release preparation, andmedia relations, including pointers on working with themedia and giving effective television interviews.Physical fitness testing was also administered, includinga 1-1/2 mile qualification run and weekly challenge runsworking up to a 6 mile run which included a 3 mileobstacle course.Chief Rutten also has advanced training in the med-ical field as a First Responder, and EmergencyGovernment training in response to critical incidents.During his tenure as Chief of the Kohler PoliceDepartment, the Kohler Police have focused onCommunity Oriented Policing/Problem SolvingPolicing. The department has implemented a motorcycle patrol and an Explorer Post, and has expanded its role atthe local school with the School Resource Officer Program. The Kohler Police Department works closelywith other area law enforcement, especially theSheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, which pro-vides dispatching services for most of SheboyganCounty’s law enforcement.When asked what gives him the most job satisfac-tion, Chief Rutten mentioned that Kohler residents aremore appreciative toward the service of law enforce-ment officers. He also appreciates the service-orientedattitude of Kohler residents.Chief Rutten is a member of the Sheboygan CountyMeg Unit oversight committee, Sheboygan CountyTraffic Safety Commission, President of the LakeshoreTechnical College Police Science Advisory Committee,and a member of the Wisconsin Chiefs of PoliceAssociation.In his spare time, Chief Rutten likes to spend timewith his family and serve on the Board of Directors for the Kohler Police Athletic League (KPAL), which is a
Meet the officers of the KohlerPolice Department
non-profit organization focused on supporting the community of Kohler through donations for scholarships and other studentneeds.
Visit the Kohler Police Department website at:www.kohlerpolice.com
Kohler Police Chief Bill Rutten
 
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-- All Rights ReservedEditor - Mary StruckTHE KOHLER VILLAGER219 Church St.Kohler, WI 53044.920-331-4904Web: www.kohlervillager.com E-mail:kohlervillager@charter.net.
THE KOHLER VILLAGER welcomes contributions of news and photos of civic events fromreaders. Editorial staff reserves the right to edit as necessary.
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