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Posted on: November 11, 2020

November 11 Coronavirus Updates

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GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER #94, URGING RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the state, Gov. Evers announced Executive Order #94, which includes new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order #94 advises Wisconsinites to stay home, urges precautions Wisconsinites should take to stay safe if they have to leave their home, and encourages businesses to take additional steps to protect workers, customers, and the surrounding community. View the order here: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/11/10/file_attachments/1598467/EO094-COVIDRecommendations.pdf  

 

VIRTUAL VETERANS GIVING TREE LAUNCHED TODAY 

In recognition of Veterans Day today, the City of West Allis has launched its annual Veterans Giving Tree program. This year, the program is virtual. Residents may sign up online to agree to purchase gifts requested by veterans residing at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center who do not have families of their own. Make the holidays brighter for a veteran in need. Learn more: https://www.westalliswi.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1281  

 

YARD WASTE COLLECTION ENDS NOV. 15 

Sunday, Nov. 15 is the last day to place leaves and yard waste for collection. All materials placed for collection by this date WILL be collected. More information: https://www.westalliswi.gov/1556/Brush-Yard-Waste-Disposal  

 

MEDICARE 101 WEBINAR 

Do you have questions about Medicare? Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period is now through Dec. 7. Join the Milwaukee County Department on Aging for a webinar on Monday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. to learn more about the basics of Medicare. These sessions will include an objective overview of the options and benefits offered through Medicare including Part A, B, C and D, how to enroll or change plans, and details on programs that may be able to help you save money on Medicare costs and prescription drug costs. Learn more and join this meeting: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Department-on-Aging/Get-Involved/Medicare101  

 

WEST ALLIS FIRE DEPARTMENT: NOTIFICATION OF RING RECALL 

Ring ® is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells after receiving reports of them catching fire. The potential fire hazard impacts around 350,000 2nd generation Ring doorbells sold in the United States and roughly 8,700 more sold in Canada, according to a notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday. The $100 doorbells were sold on Ring's website and on Amazon (AMZN) between June 2020 and October 2020. Learn more about this safety recall: https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050949611  

 

NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 

Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Unified School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee that a School Board election will be held on April 6, 2021, to fill three positions. Three members of the School Board of the School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee will be elected at large for a three-year term beginning on April 26, 2021, to succeed incumbents:  

Stephanie Emons  

Christine Klug  

Gary Schultz  

Notice is further given that a Declaration of Candidacy and a Campaign Registration Statement must be filed in the office of the School Board Clerk (Superintendent's Office), at the School District Administration Office, 1205 S. 70th Street, 5th Floor, West Allis, Wisconsin, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Nomination papers with no less than 100 and no more than 200 signatures must also be filed. The first day you may circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2020, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in the office of the School Board Clerk (Superintendent's Office). Election forms can be obtained from the websites of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, or from the school district’s main administrative office. If a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained from the school district office. 

 

REMINDER TO ALL TAXPAYERS: GIFT CARDS ARE NOT USED TO MAKE TAX PAYMENTS 

Scammers often target taxpayers by asking them to pay a fake tax bill with gift cards. They may also use a compromised email account to send emails requesting gift card purchases for friends, family or co-workers. The IRS reminds taxpayers gift cards are for gifts, not for making tax payments. 

Here's how this scam usually happens

  • The most common way scammers request gift cards is over the phone through a government impersonation scam. However, they will also request gift cards by sending a text message, email or through social media. 
  • A scammer posing as an IRS agent will call the taxpayer or leave a voicemail with a callback number informing the taxpayer that they are linked to some criminal activity. For example, the scammer will tell the taxpayer their identify has been stolen and used to open fake bank accounts. 
  • The scammer will threaten or harass the taxpayer by telling them that they must pay a fictitious tax penalty. 
  • The scammer instructs the taxpayer to buy gift cards from various stores. 
  • Once the taxpayer buys the gift cards, the scammer will ask the taxpayer to provide the gift card number and PIN. 

Here's how taxpayers can tell if it’s really the IRS calling. The IRS will never

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a gift card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. 
  • Demand that taxpayers pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they owe. All taxpayers should be aware of their rights. 
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying. 
  • Threaten to revoke the taxpayer's driver's license, business licenses or immigration status. 

Any taxpayer who thinks they've been targeted by a scammer should

  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting webpage or call 800-366-4484. 
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. They should add "IRS phone scam" in the notes. 
  • Report threatening or harassing telephone calls claiming to be from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Taxpayers should include "IRS phone scam" in the subject line. 

 

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