The City recently received the completed audit for the year 2013 for all funds and activity of the City. This report was presented to Council on the 19th of August by a representative from Baker Tilly/Virchow Krause & Company, LLC. The recap along with the entire audit report is provided on the Cityís website at The report provided by Baker Tilly showed the City to be in a good financial position going into the year 2014. Levels of reserve funds were excellent while debt was considered about average. Baker Tilly cautioned the need to look carefully at the Cityís plan for debt, knowing that there are two large projects on the horizon for the City Ė James Street reconstruction in 2017 and the Highways 16/60 interchange in 2015-2016, to ensure it remains within an acceptable ratio to other expenditures/activities. By State Law any municipality in the State of Wisconsin can only issue debt up to 5% of its equalized value.

Kim Manley, Finance Director/Treasurer is currently working with Ehlers to look at these projects and current debt to find a plan that will be beneficial to the City and have as minimal impact on the tax rates as possible.

The report also showed that the Cityís tax incremental district is in a positive fund balance position for year end 2013. Baker Tilly recommended continued development of the area as beneficial to ensure that the debt associated with the district is paid off prior to closure of the tax incremental district.

For additional information or questions, please contact Kim Manley, Finance Director/Treasurer at or call (920)623-5900.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the design phase of the 2017 reconstruction of Hwy 16/60 (James Street) through Columbus.
The weblink below will provide continual updates as to the status of this important project. Please click here for that information, and return often for updates:

Summer Awareness video:
Information from the City for Spring and Summer Safety Preparedness

Welcome to Columbus Wisconsin. We are a small, safe community located in South Central Wisconsin. Columbus has a beautiful historic downtown district, two golf courses, a wonderful aquatic center, top ranked schools and an outstanding hospital. Please feel free to give us a call if you would like more information on our community.
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recently announced that the City of Columbus has been accepted as a 2014 Connect Communities participant. The Connect Communities is a state-sponsored economic development program that provides insight, technical training and downtown development opportunities for participants. Columbus was selected as one of 21 other Wisconsin municipalities in the program for this year. For further information, please click here.

If you see another vehicle stopped in front of you at an intersection and it doesnít appear to be turning, be cautious! They may be waiting for a pedestrian to cross the roadway.

Fireworks Regulations

The City of Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission has authorized and produced a booklet of information about the City of Columbus featuring paintings by Susan Stare and other historic artifacts.
Researched and edited by Alice L. Schmidt and Suzanne T. Walcott, the booklet may be viewed here

From the Library Director:
The Columbus Library has received a prestigious national award from the American Library Association.  Click here for more information.

From the Public Works Dept: The Columbus Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that brush pick started in April and goes through the month of October. Please look for the Department of Public Works schedule/calendar (also in the April Water & Light billing statement). Brush pick up for residents will be the first full week of the month. Brush should be placed at the tree border by 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Brush is defined as limbs 8" or less in diameter, twigs less than 1" should be placed with yard waste. Yard waste, grass clippings, and garden materials should be taken to the recycling center. Leaves are only picked up in the fall of the year. For questions on brush, please call the Columbus Department of Public Works at 920-623-5908.

From the City Administrator: take a look at the latest "Under The Clock Tower" column.

From the Water & Light Department: Press Release on Water Lateral Insurance Solicitation.

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