Public Hearing on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Notice is hereby given that Town of Washington will hold a public hearing on November 9th at 6:00 pm at the Cecil/Washington Town Hall, 111 E Hofman Street, Cecil, WI 54111. The public hearings will be held to gather public input on a proposed amendment to the Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan. The Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Town of Washington Board on September 15th, 2008. The amendment includes updated demographic and community data, figures and tables, future and existing land use maps and official zoning map.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments are available for review in the Planning & Development Department at the Shawano County Courthouse (311 North Main Street, Shawano, WI 54166) and on the Internet at In addition, you may call Kari Hopfensperger at 715-526-4970 with any questions or to request additional information. Written comments on the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments should be submitted before November 3rd, 2021 to David Korth, Chairman. All written comments will be forwarded to the Town of Washington Board members.

State Representative Jeff Mursau

Hello, I'm State Representative Jeff Mursau.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my webpage. This site is here to be an informative and helpful resource for residents of Wisconsin's 36th Assembly District, and I encourage you to bookmark this site and check in whenever you get the chance.

I am honored to serve as your voice in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Staying in contact with my constituents is one of the most essential parts of my job.Your input helps guide my efforts on the issues that are most important to the people I proudly represent in Northeastern Wisconsin.

It is my hope that this website will serve as a resource for you to keep in contact with me and give you greater access to what is happening in your State Government, including my e-updates, press releases, legislation and the services my office can provide. Please take a look around and remember my door is always open, so please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or if I can ever be of assistance.

If you find yourself in Madison, please feel free to stop by my office in the State Capitol. I always appreciate visits from constituents. If there is anything else I can help you with, please feel free to contact me by phone (888) 534-0036 or email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Representative Jeff Mursau
36th Assembly District

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White Clay Lake Boat Launch Update

     The Town of Washington tries its best to keep the launch free of the cat tail bogs that float in. At times they need to be physically removed while at times they will float out by themselves. Please be aware that at any time, especially on windy days, the bogs will move and you may not be able to load your boat onto your trailer.

2020 Liquor License Notice

Posted May 18, 2020: Legal Notice

2020 Assessment Procedures

This 2020 assessment year is proving to be more of a challenge than any of us expected. The coronavirus has virtually shut everything down that is not essential.

Under the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #28, paragraph 1., sub-paragraph b., Essential Governmental Functions, allows such services to continue to ensure operations of the government body for State, Tribal and/or local governments.

As property assessors, we will continue to work for the municipalities we are contracted with to follow up on building permits and sales, field questions, make value changes and complete Boards of Review in a timely manner. The procedures for how we will complete our work must change due to public restrictions. Field review is necessary to check on building permits and update pictures and information based on changes. Most of what is recorded can be done on the exterior of the property. Where interior information is needed, this can be done at/through the door with the property owner. Or the property owner may call our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. If the owner fails to provide the necessary interior information R&R Assessing will place an assessment accordingly. If the property owner wishes to contest their assessment the burden of proof is the property owners. Please contact our office when asked to help ensure an accurate fair assessment.

Under "Minimum Basic Operations", paragraph 14, sub-paragraph g., only one property assessor would be at the property to collect pertinent information at any one time.

Beginning Monday, April 27, our office will be fully staffed, and physical inspections will commence. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 920-846-4250.

Ryan L. Raatz | Rick L. Raatz
R&R Assessing Services, LLC

Town Meeting Change

     All regular town meetings will now be held on the second Tuesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.


All roads in the Town of Washington are now open to ATV/UTV/SXS.

Shawano County Planning and Zoning

     If you are planning on building, renovating, or any other inquiries about land improvements or land use changes, please contact Shawano County Planning and Zoning at 715-526-6766. The Town of Washington follows Shawano County ordinances for the above types of projects and everyone should start there.

Annual Town Meeting

What is the annual town meeting?

• A meeting of the town electors, statutorily required to be held by each town on an annual basis.
• An opportunity for the electors to exercise their direct powers under s. 60.10, Wis. Stat.
• The required time for the board to present the annual financial statement to the town
• The electors may add items to the agenda from the floor at the start of the meeting
• The electors may vote to establish numbered supervisor seats (Supervisor #1, Supervisor #2, etc.)
• The electors may authorize the town board to appropriate $ for very specific purposes
   — conservation of natural resources
   — insect, plan, or animal disease control
   — civic functions
• Board retains discretion over whether to actually spend the funds authorized

Welcome to the Town of Washington's official website


The Town of Washington is located in northeastern Shawano County, generally east of the City of Shawano. The town surrounds the Village of Cecil and includes most of the southern and about half of the northern shorelines of Shawano Lake. STH 22 enters Washington near its southwest corner, angles through the town in a northeasterly direction, and exits in the northeastern part of the town at the Oconto River. Washington has been experiencing steady growth over the past few decades. The upgrade of Highway 29, which passes a short distance to the south, will make the town more convenient to the Green Bay urban area and is expected to increase development pressure in the town.


The Town of Washington contains approximately 35 square miles of land area and nearly four square miles of surface water. Its estimated 1997 population was 1,771. In 1990, there were 642 occupied housing units in the town, with an average household size of 2.52 persons. Approximately 43 percent of the Town of Washington's housing units were vacant. About 88 percent of the town's vacant units were used as seasonal residences. As of 2012, the estimated population has grown to 1,899.

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Calendar of Events

2nd Tuesday of each month

Regular Town Meeting
- 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

September 14, 2021

White Clay Lake Protection and Rehab District Annual Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
at White Clay Lake Lodge | Agenda



Quick Facts

Organized: February 18, 1870
2012 Population: 1,899
Size: 22,090 Acres
2012 Assessed Value: $191,595,500 includes 2,246 parcels

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recyclables will be collected on Monday of each week on the north side of highway 22 & west side of highway H & R. Call (715) 584-7691 for more information.

Paying Your Taxes

Preferred payment is by mail. Make payment to Town of Washington. Tax receipts will be returned only if a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed.