regarding the Merrimac ferry (is it running,
how much, when does it close, etc?).
Check out the
page or call the Department of
Transportation info-line at 511.
How do I get a dog
All dogs in the town are
required to be licensed per state and county
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?
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
email@example.com or mail in a copy of
your paid invoice or canceled check to the
Town of Merrimac, P.O. Box 115, Merrimac, WI
Where can I purchase a
Great Sauk Trail pass?
All state trail passes
sold in Sauk County helps support the cost
and maintenance of the Great Sauk Trail.
The pass can be used statewide. A state
trail pass is required for all people age 16
and older for biking, cross-country skiing,
horseback riding or in-line skating on
certain trails. Mail a separate check
for $25 per pass made payable to the Town of
Merrimac at PO BOX 115, Merrimac, WI 53561.
Will there be a
municipal water system in the Town of
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
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
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 does not guarantee that a permit will be
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
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,
2017 population estimate is 997, or more
than double the population in the Village of
Merrimac. There are an estimated 856
residents of voting age. Registered
voters is typically between 80 and 85% of
the voting age population.
Do I need a building
Check out the
Planning & Zoning
page for all information regarding
residential permits and ordinances.
Realtor & Rummage sale
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.
was not picked up. Now what?
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!
I need a permit to place a pier on my
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?
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?
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
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
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
Open Records Requests
All requests for records
must be made in writing. The town may
charge $.25 per page and will not produce
the record until agreed to by the requestor.
As a matter of policy, the clerk does not
respond to emails from unknown parties as a
safety precaution against phishing or other
malicious malware.. If your request
has not been answered and it is a legitimate
request, please contact the clerk's office.
How are ordinances
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.