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The Town of Polk consists of  13,430 acres with clear rippling creeks, crystal clear lakes, hardwood forests and large kettle shaped land formations, combining local farming with suburban living.  Its' access to State Hwy 60, US Hwy 41, and US Hwy 45 make it an attractive place to live, by connecting community life with museums and the arts.  

Google Map location:,+Slinger,+WI+53086/@43.3334634,-88.2390361,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880459c4e9ea970f:0xd7f53cfe35f83bfa

Town of Polk
3680 State Hwy 60
Slinger, WI 53086

Phone #262-677-2123 (#2 Clerk) (#3 Zoning Secretary) (#4 Building Inspection) or (#5 Treasurer)

Fax     #262-677-2423                      E-mail

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk

The Town Hall is open:  Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until Noon. (Except holidays.)  



The Town of Polk will be having a Special Referendum Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 seeking funds for road construction and repairs.   Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Clerk's Office with any questions, 262-677-2123.


Town of Polk Referendum—November 2015 

     The Town of Polk plans to place a referendum on the November 3, 2015 ballot increasing the Town’s Public Works Department portion of the budget for expenses incurred in the maintenance and construction of town roads, which is needed due to the limitations imposed by the State.

   Understanding the referendum “question” on the ballot can be difficult with the “legal verbiage” required by the State. The question at hand is really quite simple. The Town is presently limited by the State to a 0.713% tax increase resulting in a levy of 62.1 cents per thousand of assessed value. Our municipal neighbors are anywhere from double our rates, to in excess of 10 times our rates.  Currently, for each $100,000.00 of assessed value, the Town receives $62.10 to plow and maintain our roads, protect our citizens from fire, and employ part time and full time individuals to professionally uphold the Ordinances of the Town.

    By law, the Town, is required to provide fire protection to our constituents. We contract with three outstanding departments; Slinger, Jackson and Richfield (the Department closest to you protects you) at an annual cost of $252,000.00. This expense is a budget item in the Public Safety Department budget, funded through Polk’s share of property tax.

    If passed, this referendum provides an increase of 36.7 cents per $1,000.00 of property value. For example a $300,000.00 assessed property will be taxed/investing an additional $110.10 or a total of $296.40 into our own community – the Town of Polk.

Only the Town of Polk portion of your tax bill will increase with the Town referendum. The remainder of your tax bill is divided between State, County, School District, Technical School and Sanitary District. The chart below illustrates how the tax dollars were divided among taxing districts for a typical $300,000.00 home in 2014.

Taxing District

2014 Tax

2015 Tax

With proposed increase

State of WI


Data not available until November

Washington County


Data not available until November

School District*


Data not available until November

Vocational School*


Data not available until November

Town of Polk



* Varies according to school district

   The additional 36.7 cents the Town receives in tax will be added to the Public Works Department budget for expenses incurred in the maintenance and construction of our roads.  Included in the Public Works Department budget are wages for one full time employee, part time snow plow operators, salt and sand ($70,000.00), maintenance and replacement of equipment, road signs, culverts, fuel and oil, tires, equipment insurance and the list goes on.

    With our current levy of $366,963.00, plus $189,033.00 in Transportation Aids and Shared Revenue from the State of Wisconsin, we are barely paying our bills with nothing to move forward. As of now, we haven’t made the hard choices many of our municipal counterparts have to stay financially healthy. Financial responsibility is equally important to a municipal government as it is to any business in the public sector.

     If we were a Township under 3,500 residents, action at a Town meeting would suffice to raise tax rates, but since we have over 3,500 residents we have few options: one is to place a special assessment on tax bills, another would be to borrow funds (we all know what that does to future generations). The third option is to approve a referendum to increase taxes. Please remember that even with this increase, our Town taxes are still significantly less than our surrounding neighbors.                                                

      We will be hosting a Public Information Meeting at the Town Hall to answer any questions in late October. Feel free to call with your concerns.   

Albert Schulteis, Chairman











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Representatives for all of Polk are:

Assembly District, Bob Gannon(District 58):

Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (5th District)

County Supervisor, Marilyn Merten (District 17):

Assessor's office: Grota Appraisals.   - Website:  Office Phone:  # 262.253.1142

Department of Transportation Plans, studies and projects for the Southeast Transportation Region of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.


WHEN WALKING YOUR PETS, OR WHEN OUT JOGGING ON OUR TOWN ROADS, be sure to wear bright colored clothing so you are visible to vehicles on the road.

NOTICE REQUESTED BY FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES: Low hanging branches and shrubs can slow down or block access to homes or businesses when emergency vehicles come to help. Most fire and rescue vehicles are much taller than personal vehicles, so please trim trees and shrubs over public roads and private driveways.  Seconds count.



Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock seasons set to open

Weekly News Article Published: September 8, 2015 by the Central Office

MADISON - Prospects are good for fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting seasons, according to state wildlife officials who say hunters should look forward to another exciting year in the field.

Wild turkey

"It's a great time of year to be out in the woods, and fall turkey hunting offers some enjoyable challenges compared to the spring season," said Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We anticipate good numbers for this fall's hunt, especially given favorable weather conditions during the winter and the spring breeding and nesting seasons."

The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 12 to Nov. 19 statewide, with an extended fall season in turkey management zones 1-5 from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

Overall, Wisconsin's statewide wild turkey population remains strong. After 30 years of sustained population growth and expansion across the state, wild turkeys are now found statewide. Wild turkey numbers appear to be stabilizing at levels suitable to available habitat - they will likely ebb and flow around those levels in response to weather, food availability, and other natural factors.

Biologists closely monitor harvest during the either-sex fall turkey hunting season, as excessive hen harvest can affect turkey populations. Recent hen harvests in Wisconsin have been very low, and current hen harvest rates do not play a significant role in the dynamics of Wisconsin's turkey flock.

"While this spring's turkey harvest was down slightly compared to 2014, weather has been favorable across the state for much of the year, and hunters should see good recruitment of young birds into the population," said McGinley. "Above all, we encourage hunters to enjoy the time spent in Wisconsin's woods, and to always keep safety in mind."

Turkey hunters are reminded that they are subject to the blaze orange requirement for ground blinds erected on DNR lands during any gun deer season. Ground blinds on DNR lands left unattended during legal hunting hours must display the owner's name and address or DNR Customer ID Number near the door opening. Ground blinds may not be left out overnight, and must be removed entirely from the property at the close of hunting hours each day.

Turkey ground blind rules do not apply to ground blinds being used for hunting waterfowl, or blinds built using only natural vegetation found on DNR property. However, all waterfowl blinds on state-owned property and used for waterfowl hunting must permanently display the name of the owner in lettering one-inch square or larger, including when a hunter is using the blind.

As in recent years, the use of dogs to hunt wild turkey is allowed statewide.

Ruffed Grouse

In zone A, the ruffed grouse season opens Sept. 12 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. In zone B, the season will open Oct. 17 and close Dec. 8.

Ruffed grouse drumming surveys have been used since 1964 to help monitor ruffed grouse population trends. "While we did see some continuing regional declines, our roadside survey index to track ruffed grouse populations is essentially unchanged from 2014," said DNR wildlife surveys coordinator Brian Dhuey. "Ruffed grouse populations are known to rise and fall over a nine to 11-year cycle, and the last peak in Wisconsin's cycle occurred in 2011. Survey results suggest that we have reached the low point in the population cycle and we should start to see increases in the next few years as our grouse population starts to move toward the next peak."

Grouse hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program if they plan to pursue woodcock, mourning doves or other migratory game birds. Registration is free and is available through all license vendors, as well as online.

In 2015, woodcock season will be open from Sept. 19 to Nov. 2.

Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool

Those interested in hunting on DNR managed lands and discovering new favorite spots are reminded to check out the department's Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool. FFLIGHT helps hunters of all types locate young aspen and alder habitat, pheasant-stocked public hunting grounds, and managed dove fields.

Features available within FFLIGHT can help hunters locate DNR public parking areas, overlay township descriptions, and view topographic maps or aerial photos of prospective hunting areas. Users can choose which type of habitat to highlight - FFLIGHT can help you find the best grouse and woodcock cover in the woods near your cabin.

The FFLIGHT mapping application is compatible with all major desktop and mobile web browsers (internet access required). To learn more and start your search for hunting land, visit and search keyword "FFLIGHT."

Grouse and turkey hunters must wear blaze orange clothing during any gun or muzzleloader deer season. A hat, if worn, must be at least 50 percent blaze orange.

Hunters are encouraged to check out the 2015 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast [PDF] for further season information and hunting previews for Wisconsin. The fall forecast provides a great deal of information and helpful tips for all types of hunting and trapping.

For more information regarding wild turkeys and ruffed grouse in Wisconsin, search keywords "turkey" and "ruffed grouse."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist, at 608-261-8458


DNR Burn Warnings Map of Wisconsin Counties:


Town of Polk Ordinance No: 10-09

Ordinance Relating Campfires and Bonfires



 Bonfire: An outdoor fire of clean, untreated wood kindled to mark a public event, victory celebration, or similar occurrence.


Campfire: A small outdoor fire constructed within a fire pit or surrounded by a fire ring: intended for recreation or cooking. 


 Fire pit: A barrier to keep the fire from escaping out of control.  Constructed of stones, tire rim, or commercial fire rings at least 11 inches deep.

  (1) Location Restricted. Permitted bonfires shall be located not less than 50 (fifty) feet from any structure, hay stack, fuel storage, overhanging branches, and dense dry grass.

 (2) Materials for Burning. Materials for bonfires shall consist of dry material only, and shall follow the same restricted materials listed in 5.11 of the Town Code, Burning Permit Regulations.

 (3) Prohibited Activity.  Using accelerants (oil, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc.) to either start, accelerate, or prolong the burn is prohibited.

 (4) Size of the Bonfire. The base of the fire shall not be larger than 10 feet in diameter, with bare soil around where your campfire is going to be.   The fire must be enclosed by barrier set at a distance sufficient enough to provide maximum safety, and be constantly monitored by the person responsible for scene security.

 (5) Scene Security. A responsible person shall be designated for the safety of the bonfire area. This person must be identified as the contact person to meet with the Fire Department if any unusual concerns arise.

 (6) Adequate Fire Suppression. An adequate fire suppression source must be immediately available sufficient to extinguish the fire if it threatens the safety of the event.  A water source, under pressure, must be available and able to surround the entire burn pile.

 (7) Extinguishment. After completion of the celebration the bonfire must be completely extinguished and a fire watch must be provided for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that the fire does not rekindle.  Check the entire area outside the fire circle for any hot embers. Add water to your fire to extinguish and stir until it is cold.

 (8)Complaints. Complaints received by the Fire/Police Departments regarding smoke or ash residue infringing on adjacent properties will require the such fires be immediately extinguished or be subject to the general penalty of this code.

(9) Right of Entry and Inspection.  Any representative of the local Fire Department or Police/Sheriff’s Department in Washington County who presents credentials, may inspect any property for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.   The Fire Chief or Police/Sheriff also may access the property to extinguish uncontrolled fire in order to protect the safety of persons and property.  

EFFECTIVE DATEAdopted this 8th  day of June, 2010. 

 Attested By: Marlyss K. Thiel,  Town Clerk


Ordinance No: 10-08
Burning Permits
BURN PERMITS are available during office hours, at the Town of Polk, at no charge. One permit is good for 4 weeks.

Town of Polk Ordinance No: 10-08 Burning Permits in the Town of Polk

The Town of Polk of Washington County, does hereby ordain as follows:

A Burning Permit is required in the Town of Polk for the burning of branches, brush, leaves, garden waste, and weeds. Burning of these items, is permissible after obtaining a Burning Permit from the Town Clerk.  No other materials are allowed to be burned. This is a DNR rule.

 Twenty Acres or More: The open burning of brush, abandoned crops, leaves, grass, and similar open fires may occur on parcels of land of 20 (twenty acres) or more without a permit when done by the owner or occupant, subject to the following:

1. No such open fire may be started except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

2. No such open fire shall be started until the Washington County Sheriff’s Department is notified of the time and the location.


You are responsible for calling the Washington County  Sheriff’s Department, to report that you will be burning.  

1.  You are still responsible for the fire that you start. A responsible adult must attend to the fire at all times, during the burning.  The party obtaining the Burning Permit is responsible for damage caused by such fire, if it should become out of control.  Attending a fire means a physical presence with a means to extinguish the fire, including a rake, shovel, hose connections an other materials used as fire safety precautions.  Do NOT use accelerants such as gasoline, or any other chemical that would escalate burning. 

2.  Any person which violates the terms of this section, or burns in a manner which results in a fire run from any fire department, shall, be liable for any costs incurred by such fire, including but not limited to fire department charges, county sheriff department charges, and any damages caused by such fire.

3. Locate the fire a minimum of 50 (fifty) feet from any occupied dwelling, wood structure, street, alley, property line, or building.

4. Care should be taken regarding the direction of smoke travel so as to not create a nuisance for neighbors. In the event of unsafe burning conditions (high winds, dry conditions or any other hazards), burning should be suspended.

 5. Any person violating this ordinance by not following the rules herein, or any person violating this ordinance BY NOT obtaining a current Burning Permit from the Town of Polk, shall be subject to a forfeiture of $50.00 (fifty dollars) plus statutory costs, for the first offense and $250.00 (two hundred fifty dollars) plus statutory costs, for the second offense occurring within a twelve (12) month period of time, payable to the Town of Polk for violating this ordinance.  This fee is in addition to other costs incurred because of such fire set by person(s) obtaining a burning permit in the Town of Polk.

 6. Burning Permits may be obtained from the Town of Polk Town Clerk’s office from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Monday - Thursday at the Town Hall. This permit will be issued for 4 (four) weeks.  It can be renewed.



The Town of Polk PROHIBITS the burning the following materials:

            a. Household garbage.

            b. Oily substances including greasy rags, oil filters, etc.

            c. Asphalt shingles or tar paper.

            d. Plastics including plastic bottles, plastic bags.

            e. Rubber products including tires and hoses.

            f. Wet, combustible rubbish including wet cardboard or paper.

            g. Painted or treated wood.

            h. Foam.

            i. Furniture.

            g. Wire, Metal, Aluminum, Vinyl products.


Recycling has been a top priority for the Town of Polk.  We strive to follow the laws governing the state of Wisconsin regarding the regulations of reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The Town of Polk encourages the composting or chipping of yard waste.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their yard waste at the Town Recycling Center. 


This ordinance shall repeal Section 9.12 OPEN BURNING of the Town of Polk Fire Protection Code. 


This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and posting.

Adopted this 8th  day of June, 2010.

Attest: Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk.




The Washington County Full Service Clean Sweep is an opportunity for county residents to properly dispose or recycle unwanted hazardous chemicals, electronic goods, medications and used tires.  A $10.00 pre-registration fee is required for the Hazardous Waste and/or Electronic Goods Collection with a participation limit of 250 vehicles per event.  The Pharmaceutical Collection Only is free and participation is unlimited.  The Tire Collection is also unlimited participation and disposal fees apply.  Detailed information for each collection is below.  You can help keep Washington County's surface and groundwater clean through participating in this program.

Next Collection:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
West Bend Highway Shop (900 Lang St.)

Contact Information:
Land & Water Conservation Division
333 E. Washington St., Suite 2300
West Bend, WI  53095
Office: 262.335.4800
24 Hour Hotline: 262.335.4808 





—Quick Links—
Road Construction in the area 
Washington County Humane Society 
Burning Restrictions - DNR 
Wisconsin State Election Board 
Road Conditions 
Town of Polk's - Senator Bob Gannon (District 58) 
Town of Polk's - Senator Duey Strobel (District 20) 
DNR Weekly Bulletin - Hunting & Fishing, etc. 
Town of Polk's - Assessor Grota Appraisals 
State of Wisconsin 
Recycling News from Wisconsin from the DNR 
Sheriff's Office - Washington County 
Wisconsin Towns Association 
Pay Property Taxes after February 1st to the County Treasurer - Washington County Website 
Washington County Prevention Network - Drug/Alcohol Abuse 
Washington County Historical Society 
Wshington County Fair Park 
Big Cedar Lake 
Ice Age Trail 
Washington County Smart Growth 

—Upcoming Meetings—
Special Town Board Meeting & Budget Workshop - 10/8/2015  


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