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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

All questions regarding the Merrimac ferry (is it running, how much, when does it close, etc?).

Check out the Ferry Information page or call the Department of Transportation info-line at 511.

 

How do I get a dog license?

All dogs in the town are required to be licensed per state and county laws.  A dog license is $5 for spayed/neutered.  $10 for all others.  Make the check payable to Town of Merrimac.  Include your rabies vaccinations certificate and a self-addressed return envelope.  Mail to the town at PO Box 115, Merrimac, 53561.  Dog license fees are collected every tax collection period  and are considered late after April 1 for that license year.  A $5 fee is assessed for renewal licenses after April 1.  If you are adopting a dog from the Sauk County Humane Society, they are authorized to license your dog, but only at adoption.  Renewal licensing is still through the town.

 

Does the town reimburse the Non-Participating Fee for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Department and how do I get reimbursed?

Yes!  The participation fee does not justify the number of participants from the town.  We have saved thousands of dollars simply reimbursing families for the difference from the fee charged to those who live in participating communities, which is $20.  You can forward your confirmation email to townmerr@merr.com or mail in a copy of your paid invoice or canceled check to the Town of Merrimac, P.O. Box 115, Merrimac, WI  53561.

 

Will there be a municipal water system in the Town of Merrimac?

There have been a lot of questions about the Army's proposal to build a $30 million water utility.  Click here for more information.

 

How does a revaluation of the Town affect my property tax?

Why hasn't the town lowered/raised the assessment on our property?

Check out this page on Revaluations (click here).  A revaluation of the entire town is only done when the value of the town falls outside of the Dept. of Revenue's assigned value as determined by sales.  During years when a revaluation is not required, only homes that have been sold, built, or remodeled are assigned new values. Here are the Mill Rates for 2013.

 

Can I rent rent out my home on a daily or weekly basis (vacation rentals)?

No one may rent their property for this purpose without a conditional use permit.  Vacation rentals by owner are required by state law to obtain a permit from the WI Department of Health Services (WI DHS) and are considered a business.  Anyone who is renting their residence on this basis is also required to collect and remit to the Town a 7% room tax as well as collect State and County Sales Tax.  Property owners are reminded that an application for this use are not guaranteed that a permit will be issued.  State Guide Book

 

Can we have chickens?

Chickens are not allowed in residential neighborhoods on parcels with less than 1.15 acres.  This is primarily due to the nature of our lakefront community having smaller lots and no storm sewers.  Chickens are regulated in the residential district on lots that are 1.15 thru 4.99 acres and a permit is required.

 

What or where is the right-of-way (ROW)?

The right-of-way, or ROW, is 66' wide on most town roads.  The road is the actual paved surface.  In newer subdivisions, the ROW ends at the property line.  In older subdivisions and on farm roads, the owner's property line is in the center of the ROW.  A Certified Survey Map (CSM) is the best way to identify exactly where the ROW ends on your property.

 

Can I park on the street?

Parking on the paved surface of the road is not permitted per state statute.  Vehicles can be parked in the right-of-way (the shoulder) on a short-term basis, but long-term storage of vehicles is prohibited by town ordinance and cannot exceed 72 hours.

 

My culvert is plugged, who can I call?

If the culvert runs under your driveway, it is your responsibility to keep it clear and in operating condition.  If there is a culvert on your property that is in the right-of-way, we ask that you maintain this area as well.  It is very similar to the responsibility of a city/village property owner who are required to keep an adjacent storm drain clear.  In extreme circumstances you should call the town hall, but if it is an emergency situation (immediate damage to persons or property), please contact Sheriff Dispatch at 356-4895.

 

What is the population of the Town of Merrimac?

The January 1, 2013 population estimate is 954, or nearly double the population in the Village of Merrimac.  There are an estimated 812 residents of voting age, of which 700 are actually registered to vote.

 

Do I need a building permit?

Check out the Planning & Zoning page for all information regarding residential permits and ordinances.

 

Realtor & Rummage sale signs.

Temporary realtor signs, signs for vegetable stands, political signs, and garage/rummage sale signs are allowed without a permit.  These signs cannot be placed in any public right-of-way under statute.  All other signs require a permit.

 

My garbage/recycling was not picked up.  Now what?

Garbage is required to be out by 6:00 a.m. on Monday's.  If Monday is a holiday, then pickup is on Tuesday.  If your trash is not out before the truck comes by, they will not come back.  If the recyclables or trash contain ineligible materials, the hauler will not pick those items up.  They will not take electronics, appliances, furniture, construction material unless special arrangements are made.  Learn more here!

 

Do I need a permit to place a pier on my property?

At present, the Town does not require a pier permit to place a private pier on private land.  The State of Wisconsin has several regulations about pier placement and in some cases require a permit.  Residents should contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

 

Can I place on pier on the Public Access?

Under town ordinance, the former pier permitting program is being discontinued.  No applications are being accepted from persons who were not permitted prior to 2009.

 

How much do I owe for taxes/when are they due?

Your tax statement is determined after the Board of Review has been completed.  The statements can be expected in early December.  Your first installment (or to pay in full) by January 31st of each year and are sent to the Town After January 31st, mail them to Sauk County. The second installment is due July 31st to the Sauk County Treasurer.

 

Where is the beach on Lake Wisconsin?

There are no public beaches on the north side of Lake Wisconsin.  While the lake provides several great recreational opportunities, the flow of the Wisconsin River through the lake causes challenges for swimmers if they are on the main channel.  Devil's Lake State Park has a beautiful beach.  Take Hwy. 113 to South Lake Road to access the South Shore Beach.

 

How are ordinances enforced?

The Town does not have a police force.  State laws are enforced by the Sauk County Sheriff.  Because the Town does not have a police department, we also do not have ticketing authority.  Forfeitures are requested by the Town Board or the Town Administrator.  Failure to pay these forfeitures then leads to court action.  Ultimately, a request to pay forfeitures is the way the town can pursue ordinance violations.

Town of Merrimac

P.O. Box 115

Merrimac, WI  53561

(608) 493-2588