State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launched the Treasurers’ Task Force for Homeowners on March 4, 2020, to help Wisconsinites buy their first homes and afford to stay in them.
Made up of local treasurers from across the state and community partners, this coalition is on the ground working to help people stay in their homes. Over the course of more than a year, the task force leveraged partnerships across communities, shared ideas, and coordinated resources all to reach the ultimate goal: identifying real and effective strategies to help Wisconsinites prevent penalties, delinquencies, and foreclosures.
“Owning a home is a big part of the American dream, but it’s often not easy to get there and stay there. We’re seeing a decline in first-time homebuyers in Wisconsin, and we’re also seeing people having a hard time staying in their homes, particularly seniors,” said State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski. “I'm excited to bring this unique group of leaders together to tackle Wisconsin's homeownership crisis.”
Working from the blueprint provided by the Task Force's extensive Homeownership Report, the Task Force recommended specific proposals to help make the dream of homeownership more accessible to thousands more Wisconsin families. These include:
- The creation of a new statewide network to help Wisconsinites buy, fix, and stay in their homes. Named Take Root Wisconsin, this new network will bring together a unique coalition of state officials, local treasurers, nonprofit leaders, realtors, housing experts, and legal advocates to build a foundation for sustainable homeownership in Wisconsin.
- The statewide expansion of a successful COVID-19 Foreclosure Prevention Pilot program in La Crosse. This effort provided cash assistance, financial counseling, and wrap-around support to COVID-impacted households who were newly delinquent on their property taxes and at long-term risk of losing their home.
- The development of property tax web portal and education materials that provide easy-to-understand information on property taxes and interactive tools — such as web pages, sample documents, teaching materials, and answers to frequently asked questions — for local treasurers, homeowners, teachers, students, and community members.
“As someone who works with taxpayers and homeowners every day, I’m excited to be chairing a task force that will be actively working on the issues Wisconsinites face when they are trying to buy a home and stay in one,” said Kenosha County Treasurer Teri Jacobson. “Wisconsinites deserve a dedicated network of resources when it comes to homeownership, and it is a pleasure to see state and local officials from all corners of the state working together to find real solutions.”
Treasurers' Task Force for Homeowners
Task Force Members
- State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski
- Teri Jacobson, Kenosha County Treasurer (Chair)
- Chris Astrella, Town of Oakland Clerk/Treasurer
- Bryan Bainbridge, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
- Amanda Bartz, City of Tomahawk Clerk/Treasurer
- Hetti Brown, Coulee Community Action Program
- Spencer Coggs, City of Milwaukee Treasurer
- John Dickert, Department of Revenue
- Carrie Eastlick, Grant County Treasurer
- Jennifer Fasula, Foundation for Rural Housing
- David Frohling, Dodge County Board Supervisor
- Adam Gallagher, Dane County Treasurer
- Katherine Gaulke, Town of Delavan Supervisor
- Johanna Jimenez, Take Root Milwaukee
- Tom Kramer, Town of Norway Administrator/Treasurer & Racine County Supervisor
- Joe Murray, Wisconsin Realtors Association
- Lynn Neeck, Price County Treasurer
- Ann Peterson, Village of Siren Clerk/Treasurer
- Scott Phillips, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
- Myra Piergrossi, Village of Fox Crossing Finance Director/Treasurer
- Amanda Toney, Town of Brooklyn & Green Lake County Treasurer
Property Tax Information & Resources
Resources for Local Treasurers & Housing Advocates