Ozaukee Farm Drainage District


Our FAQ section provides essential information about the Northern Ozaukee Farm Drainage District. Discover our origin as a consolidated entity, our role in ensuring proper drainage for agricultural lands, and protection against flooding. Learn about our collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), ensuring compliance with regulations and fostering sustainable growth. Explore these frequently asked questions to get a comprehensive overview of our commitment to serving you and our region.

Common Questions and Answers

Landowners who benefit from drainage must pay assessments to cover the cost of constructing, maintaining, and repairing district ditches. Landowners located in the district boundary are assessed according to the original boundaries established when the district was organized. The boundary was determined by the Army Corps of Engineers and was based on the contours and elevation of the land at that time. See the map on the
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All Village of Belgium properties that are served by the Village Sanitation plant are located in the Northern Ozaukee District, because the sanitation plant discharges into the district ditch.

The Board meets publicly at least on an annual basis usually in November to discuss the on-going maintenance issues of the ditch which can include grass cutting, weed and tree cutting, dredging and culvert/bridge replacement. Based on the projects approved, the Board will make a determination of whether an assessment is needed to pay for these projects. The Board will have special meetings if needed and all meeting notices are posted publicly prior to the meeting. See the Board minutes on the menu.

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When assessments are not paid within the payment terms outlined on the assessment, the Board is allowed by state statutes to certify the unpaid assessments.  This gives the Board the authority to have the respective County treasurers add the unpaid assessments with interest to the property tax bills of the tax parcel.  

If a member were to short pay their property taxes, it would be a short pay of the property taxes rather than nonpayment of the assessment.  The State order rules say that payments are applied against any unpaid assessment first.  You can refer to your county on the consequences of nonpayment of property taxes.