Town of Rhine
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  Office Hours — Tuesday & Thursday - 11:30am to 4:30pm
Call the Town Office to make an appointment outside of normal hours
Phone - 920-876-3413 | Fax - 920- 876-4264 | Email
Town Hall - W5250 Cty. Rd. FF | P. O. Box 117, Elkhart Lake 53020

Latest News — Bulletin Board


When visiting the Town Hall face masks are required upon entrance for all meetings and town business.
Social distancing must also be practiced. Masks are not required for voting, but preferred.
Thank you for your understanding.
 
***NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION***
 
ARE YOU STILL WAITING FOR YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT TO ARRIVE IN THE MAIL?

ALL ABSENTEE BALLOTS BY MAIL HAVE BEEN SENT OUT AND ANY NEW REQUESTS ARE PROCESSED IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR ABSENTEE REQUEST ON MYVOTE.WI.GOV. YOU WILL SEE WHEN IT WAS MAILED AND IF YOUR POLLING PLACE RECIEVED YOUR RETURNED BALLOT.  IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE OR BELIEVE THERE IS AN ERROR IN YOUR REQUEST, PLEASE CALL THE CLERK'S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT (920)876-3413!

As of 10/29/20- The Town of Rhine has over 1600 registered voters. Over 900 ballots have been issued via absentee!

THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO VOTE EARLY:
1.)    VOTE BY MAIL- PLEASE VISIT
MYVOTE.WI.GOV TO REQUEST A BALLOT BY MAIL.  
2.)    VOTE EARLY, IN-PERSON- WE WILL BE OFFERING EARLY, IN-PERSON VOTING STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020. YOU MAY VOTE EARLY IN-PERSON ON:   

            TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM
            WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM
            THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM
          
            TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM
            WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM       
            THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 FROM 11:30AM-4:30PM

WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE OUR DROP SLOT TO THE LEFT OF THE TOWN HALL'S ENTRANCE DOOR TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT. THIS WILL GUARANTEE IT WILL BE HERE BY ELECTION DAY.  IF YOU WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY TO HAND IN YOUR BALLOT PLEASE GIVE IT DIRECTLY TO THE CLERK SO WE CAN MARK IT AS "RECIEVED!" THANK YOU FOR VOTING!

 

We strongly encourage absentee voters to take the following steps to make sure their ballot is counted:

  • Read the step-by-step instruction letter that you receive with your absentee ballot.
  • Sign the certificate envelope on the line marked “Signature of Voter.”
  • Have your witness sign the certificate envelope on the line marked “Signature of Witness.”  It is perfectly acceptable if your witness is your spouse or significant other.
  • Have your witness write their address underneath the witness signature (street number, street name, municipality, state, zip code).
  • Seal the envelope.
  • Mail or drop off your absentee ballot back to the Clerk’s Office as early as possible. The ballot must be to your polling place by 8:00pm on Election Day.
  • If you have moved, register to vote at your new address. Crossing out the address on your absentee label and writing in your new address does not update your voter registration.
  • Vote absentee in the Clerk’s Office or In-Person Absentee (Early) on the dates listed above.

Absentee ballots are rejected for the following reasons:

  • Voter has not signed absentee certificate envelope.

  • Voter has not had a witness sign the absentee certificate envelope.
  • Witness did not write address on absentee certificate envelope (street number, street name, municipality).
  • Ballot has not been received by Election Day.
  • Voter has not registered to vote at their current address.
  • Voter has not sealed the absentee certificate envelope.
  • Voter dies before Election Day.
    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Public Test of the Automatic Tabulating Equipment, to be used at the General Election (November 3, 2020), in the Town of Rhine, will be conducted at the Town of Rhine Hall, W5250 CTH FF, Elkhart Lake, WI at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020.   The test is open to the general public.

PLEASE NOTE- NO ELECTIONEERING IS ALLOWED WITHIN 100' OF POLLING PLACE ENTRANCE INCLUDING THE TOWN OF RHINE PARKING LOT. THIS INCLUDES, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WEARING ITEMS OF CLOTHING, SIGNS, POSTERS OR FLAGS SHOWING SUPPORT FOR A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE OR PARTY. 

Upcoming Event!

Free and Open to the Public! Many of our residents have a long history in the Town of Rhine, many with German Heritage. There will be a Live Virtual Lecture from the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled, "Thousands of Rhine-Hessians are Living Here" - The Southwest German Immigrant Experience in the 19th Century Wiscosinsin. For more information click
here.


Our June 2020 Newsletter is available. Please click on Town Newsletters in the left column to access and enjoy!

The Town Hall and/or Shelter are not currently available for gathering or party rentals at this time.

Special Opportunity to make your area even more Wonderful - Volunteers Needed
At the March 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting it was proposed that the Town form a Stewardship Committee to promote environmentally sound practices, preserve and protect our natural resources and promote enhance the accessibility and positive utility of Town properties, notably the Town’s Nature Park.
Our office has observed that there are Federal, State and County grant monies available for the preservation and environmentally sound utilization of public properties.
We are looking for volunteer members to help formalize the Committee structure, plan strategies and determine operational activities. They would also investigate potential funding sources and grants.
Second Supervisor, Jon Rost, was named to head the new committee. If you are interested in serving on this exciting new committee, please contact Jon at jrost@townrhine.com. We are hoping that someone with grant writing experience would be willing to volunteer to be involved.

 
Real Estate Property Tax Deadline Notice
We will be collecting property tax payments until Friday, January 31,2020. ALL payments after that date need to be paid at the Sheboygan County Treasurer's office (508 New York Avenue Room 109, Sheboygan, WI 53081) . We will not process any taxes in the Town of Rhine after January 31, 2020.

Want a copy of your tax bill or payment receipt?
You can easily print this at home online.
How to Access Information about your Property
 Please visit sheboygancounty.com
  • Click on blue tile called, "Land Records".
  • Then click on the purple "Land Records Web Portal" tile. 
  • You will then need to read and accept their disclaimer. Click on "I accept".                
    From there, you can search any property under last name, address, parcel number etc.
  • For your taxes, use the TAX tab and pick the year you are interested in.
You can find aerial photos of the property and other interesting and useful tools. It is a wonderful resource for our community members. Enjoy!

Please do not send Sanitary District bills to the Town of Rhine.
Your Sanitary District information will be located on your bill and payments should be submitted to that address. The Town of Rhine does not process these bills. Thank you.

 
There have been reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in our area. For more information click here.

Invasive Species Awareness Information


Tax Payments
Your property tax bills are in the process of being finalized and prepared. Tax bills should be available by mid-December 2020.
First installment tax payments may be made at National Exchange Bank and Trust (274 Osthoff Avenue, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020) on Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm.
Tax payments (first installment or full payments only) may be made during normal business hours at the Town of Rhine Hall at W5250 CTH FF Tuesday or Thursday from 11:30 am-4:00 pm. Tax payments may also be deposited in our locked drop box which is located at the Town Hall just left of the entrance door. For tax payments by mail, please use the following address and include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt. Please make check payable to the Town of Rhine, not to the Treasurer, Lexann Hoogstra.

Town of Rhine
PO Box 117
Elkhart lake, WI 53020-0117
The Town of Rhine will not accept cash or credit card payments.


2nd Installment payment notices will be sent out in June and will also need to be paid to the Sheboygan County Treasurer, not to the Town of Rhine.



Fee Increases effective as of 8/7/2018
Public Records Request $30 per additional hour after first free hour of research, excluding postage.
Collection Site/ Recycling Center/ Dump Tags will now be $20 to replace if lost, stolen, or misplaced.
Special Assessment Letters are now $35. If it is a RUSH order it will be $60 if completed in same business day.
$5 late fee for dog license (per dog) after March 31, 2020.
Town Hall Rental $90 plus $90 refundable cleaning fee.
Town Shelter Rental $90 plus $90 refundable cleaning fee.
If both Town Hall and Shelter are rented together $160 plus $160 refundable cleaning fee.

Collection Site Notice
It would be appreciated when you bring in a larger item (TV stand, dresser etc...) if you would knock it down as flat as possible to take up less space in the dumpsters.  This would also be helpful when bringing in cardboard boxes.  The more we get in the dumpsters, the less it costs us in transport charges.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
As of December 1, 2015 ID Tags will now be needed when you visit the Collection Site.  If you have not received yours please contact the Town Hall Office at 920-876-3413. Lost, stolen or replacement tags are available for a $20 fee.


Dog Licensing
All dogs that are five months or older MUST be licensed before April 1, 2020. All late payments after April 1st are subject to a $5 late fee PER dog. Payment of Dog Licenses may be made during normal business hours at the Town of Rhine Hall at W5250 CTH FF on Tuesday or Thursday from 11:30am to 4:30pm.  Dog license payments, including a self-addressed stamped envelope for mailing the license back to you, may also be deposited in the drop box outside of the Town Hall at any time.  For Dog License payments by mail, please use the following address & include a self-addressed stamped envelope so the dog tag may be mailed back to you:  Town of Rhine, PO Box 117, Elkhart Lake, WI  53020-0117.  Checks for Dog Licenses should be made out to the Town of Rhine and must be a separate check from your tax payment.


Town of Rhine, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

The rural Town of Rhine atmosphere is beautiful, natural, and peaceful as well as offering a rich heritage and abundant recreational opportunities. The Town of Rhine includes a robust agricultural industry and a well developed lake residential community at Elkhart lake, Little Elkhart lake, and Crystal lake. The Town surrounds the quaint Village of Elkhart Lake, and the world famous road racing venue, Road America. The Town of Rhine is a great place to live and work, or just to visit. We strive to balance its bountiful natural resources and its rural atmosphere with a strong economic development vision.

 

Map of Wisconsin with a cut-out of Sheboygan County