COVID VACCINE UPDATE FROM WEST ALLIS HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The CDC’s guidelines for prioritizing the first shipment of COVID vaccines does not include the general population. The vaccine distribution is staged by the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and will be available in phases. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is in Phase 1A of the Wisconsin Distribution Plan and prioritized for Health Care Personnel and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities. It is not yet available to the general public. The Health Department is maintaining a webpage on the City of West Allis website with current information about the vaccine as it becomes available. Visit the page for updates: https://www.westalliswi.gov/covidvaccine
CITY FACILITIES CLOSED JAN. 18; TRASH/RECYCLING SCHEDULES ADJUSTED
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, City facilities will be closed and trash/recycling schedules adjusted. View the schedule on our website: https://www.westalliswi.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1302
COLLABORATIVE OUTREACH AVAILABLE
West Allis Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Healthcare Unit is pleased to announce free assistance for those in need via a collaborative outreach partnership with Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach, UMOS, and Community Medical Services. Assistance includes:
- Immediate options for addiction treatment/recovery
- Rapid HIV/hepatitis testing
- Harm reduction resources
- Connections to services and resources for those experiencing homelessness
- Hot meals
This outreach will be held on Wednesdays from 2 - 4 p.m. at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 1509 S. 76th St.
Outreach is also available Mondays from 2 - 4 p.m. at the West Allis Police Department Substation, 69th & National Ave., but please note meals are not served at this location.
Services are drop-in and anyone in need is welcome. You do not need to reside in West Allis to receive assistance.
2021 CITY OF WEST ALLIS CALENDARS ON SALE NOW
Purchase a 2021 City of West Allis calendar to support community events. All proceeds will benefit the City of West Allis Events Committee and directly impact our ability to host spectacular events in the coming year. The 2021 calendar features dozens of beautiful photographs from City of West Allis events, landmarks, and landscapes. It includes important holidays, Common Council meeting dates, and of course, dates for our 2021 events so you can plan ahead! Calendars are $8 for one, $14 for two, or $20 for three. Order now: www.westalliswi.gov/2021calendar.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH PROPERTY TAXES FROM WI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Three credits are applied directly to a property tax bill with the amounts printed separately on the bill.
1. Lottery and Gaming Credit – if you are a Wisconsin resident, own your property and it is your primary residence, a property owner may qualify for this credit
2. First Dollar Credit – if there is a real property improvement on the land, the property qualifies for this credit
3. School Levy Tax Credit – all taxable real property in Wisconsin qualifies for this credit
There are also credits an individual may claim on their Wisconsin income tax return. The income tax return instructions are the best source to determine qualification for these credits.
1. Homestead Credit – this credit has requirements that can be found in the income tax instructions or in the common questions on the WI DPR website at Claiming Homestead Credit: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.aspx
2. Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit – a credit equal to the amount of property taxes paid during the year on an eligible veteran's or surviving spouse's principal dwelling. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) provides a certificate of eligibility. Information, instructions and request forms can be found on the DVA website: https://dva.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
3. Renter's and Homeowner's School Property Tax Credit – this credit is not available if an individual claims the veterans and surviving spouses property tax credit
There is one program intended for the elderly in particular
· The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) provides property tax deferral loans for the elderly
· For more information, contact WHEDA at (800)755-7835
In the case of an individual that is suffering a financial hardship due to the pandemic, reach out to your legislators to make them aware of their situation. This is helpful for legislators when they reconvene in 2021, and possibly pursue new COVID relief legislation. https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/
Tax credits/assistance information is included on the property tax bill backer: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/pa-686b.pdfb