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Peshtigo To Consider 6-Year Assessing Contract With Pillath

Issue Date: December 3, 2021

The Peshtigo City Council agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 7 will include possible approval of a new 6-year assessing contract with Jerry Pillath of Pound, who has been assessor for the city since 2009.

Pillath's contract proposal was discussed at length at the City Council's Finance and Claims Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and then recommended for Council approval by unanimous vote. The committee includes Aldermen Brigitte Schmidt, Keith Klimek and Debbie Sievert, chair.

Kyle Kabe, representing Accurate Assessment Company of Menasha, was present with a competing proposal. Pillath and Kabe had both previously presented proposals at a meeting of the Finance Committee on Oct. 28.

Both assessors suggested the city should do a re- assessment in the coming year or two.

One of the differences between proposals of the two firms was the software used in their assessment process. Pillath said the Market Drive software he uses is a proprietary software through which data and right to use it will belong to the City regardless of what happens to him. He said the software could be made available for public use at city hall if the city chose to set up a computer for that purpose. Schmidt asked if the city could have the assessment information on-line, and Pillath thought they probably could and that the idea was something they should look into.

The Pillath contract recommended for approval comes at slightly less cost than his proposal at the committee's previous meeting, and adds a total of $10,200 to the price for the entire 6-year contract period. Pillath also had also offered an alternative 3-year contract proposal.

With Pillath at the meeting was his wife, Ruth, who is his assistant and office manager. Pillath provided background information on himself, including that he is a Coleman High School Graduate, a Wisconsin Certified Assessor, and holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Resource Management from University of Wisconsin and in Agriculture from University of Illinois. He served on Coleman School Board from 2002 to 2011, was on Marinette County Board from 2007 to 2011, and was a member of the Town of Beaver Plan Commission from 2009 to 2012. He was Marinette County Surveyor from 1986 through 2006. From 1983 to the present Pillath has been Town of Beaver assessor. He currently is also assessor for the towns of Wausaukee, Middle Inlet, Pound, Brazeau, and Little River.

From 2004 through 2008 Pillath computerized all the records for the Town of Wausaukee and completed a market adjustment to bring the town into compliance with Wisconsin Department of Revenue requirements. In 2006 he completed a market adjustment for the Town of Beaver, and he did one last year for the city of Niagara.

Pillath noted no one from the public had brought complaints to the Niagara Board of Review, which means they were satisfied with their assessments.

He said since he lives in near Peshtigo, anyone with questions regarding their assessments can call him directly.

Various city committees have been discussing fee changes to be brought to the Council meeting on Dec. 7 for approval. The Finance Committee spent considerable time determining actual cost of some permits - for example conditional use permits, which require meetings of the Board of Appeals for which each board member is paid; Building Permits, which require issuance by the building inspector, and fees for recovering lost dogs and cats from the animal control officer. They recommended several relatively minor changes which will be brought up for approval at the Council meeting.

One of the changes is an increase in fees for permits that require a Plan Commission meeting. Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Kasal explained the commission has seven members who are each paid $30 for attending the meeting. Committee recommendation is to raise the fee for conditional use and variance permits to $200 plus cost of publishing the meeting notice.

Price will increase slightly for copies of police and insurance reports, and city Attorney David Spangenberg will be asked to look into how dog and cat fees should be levied.

Park and Recreation fees still need to be reviewed and any needed increases recommended prior to the council meeting. A special Parks and Recreation Committee meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6.


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