Formation of Lake District
In 2016, it became apparent to the BDLIA Board of Directors that the association did not have the capacity, either structurally or financially, to adequately address the needs of the Lake. The state recognized in 1974 that if Wisconsin lakes were to be able to address their needs, they needed to form a special purpose unit of government, a lake district. A lake district has the power to levy taxes and/or fees and is managed by commissioners elected by lake property owners and is accountable to them.
After listening to Eric Olson, the UW Extension lake management specialist, the board appointed a committee to study and develop a plan for the formation of a Beaver Dam Lake District. The committee consists of Jim Metz, Scott Rasmussen, Bill Foley, Evonne Boettge and Bill Boettge. This committee continues its work with the intent of having a report to the board before the end of the year.
In an effort to keep the membership informed and updated, Eric Olson was invited to make a presentation at the annual meeting this past August. He outlined the purposes of a lake district, how it is formed and how it operates. Eric also answered questions from the audience. The overall reception of his presentation and the development of a lake district for Beaver Dam Lake were very favorable.
If you have questions or want more information please call the BDLIA office at 920-356-1200.
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