City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer

The City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer, Deputy Clerk/Deputy Treasurer, and Recreation Director/Administrative Assistant manage the day-to-day operations of city government in the areas of administration, accounting, development, planning, zoning, personnel, and elections under the general direction and policy of the Mayor and Common Council. The office is the city’s records custodian, processes permits and license applications, and responds to information requests from the general public.

Voting Information Expand

Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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City Hall
2110 Washington St
New Holstein, WI 53061 Economic Development Expand

New Holstein has a variety of financial resources available that can assist with the expansion of existing businesses or the startup of new businesses. Many of these resources are available directly from New Holstein or cooperating agencies in the Calumet County area. Other resources are available through the State and Federal government. Regardless of the source of assistance, New Holstein staff are available to answer questions and assist businesses in access these programs.

Revolving Business Loan Program
The City of New Holstein has created the Revolving Business Loan Program to support business in New Holstein. This revolving loan program is a gap financing measure primarily used for development and expansion of small businesses. It is a self-replenishing fund of money, utilizing interest and principal payments on old loans to issue new ones. The program offers two types of loans: Facade Loan Program and General Business Loan Program. The use of this program is to provide financing to allow your business to make improvements that create a visible improvement to the store or location and to allow businesses the opportunity to grow and to operate in our community.

The Facade Loan Program will provide money for actual project costs up to $8,000 per property address, to commercial property owners and/or merchants for exterior building and site improvements.

The General Business Loan Program will provide money for projects that will create permanent employment, diversification of the local economy or increase the local tax base in New Holstein.

The brochure, application and manual can be found on this page under DOCUMENTS.

Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)

Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) is a financing program that allows New Holstein to designate areas of the community as tax incremental districts. By creating tax incremental districts, the City is allowed to finance infrastructure improvements through the taxes collected on the increase in value for taxable property, or the tax increment, resulting from development and redevelopment projects.



Special Voting Deputies appointed by the City of New Holstein will be administering absentee voting for the residents in residental care facilites for the 2024 Spring Primary, on March 11, 2024, beginning at 8:30AM. Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.

Tax Increment Financing Policy and Application Expand

What is TIF?

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a special funding tool available to local municipalities that spurs economic development which otherwise would not occur. When a Tax Increment District (TID) is created property owners within the district continue to pay the same property tax rates as those outside the district. The difference is that tax collections, over and above the “base value” are placed into a special fund that is used to pay for project costs. Once all costs incurred by the creation of the TID are recouped by the additional tax increment created the TID is closed and the additional property taxes created are shared by all taxing entities. The use of TIF varies from project to project and district to district. In some cases, the City uses TIF to promote redevelopment of older parts of the community. In other cases, the City uses TIF to create industrial parks through land acquisition and construction of infrastructure. In both cases, increased property tax collections are used to pay down debt service associated with project costs. The following outlines the City’s policy regarding TIF.


The purpose of this Policy is to articulate to existing or potential businesses the City of New Holstein’s desire to promote economic development that is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and provides a community benefit that will ultimately be shared by all taxing entities (City, School, Technical College, County, and State) impacted through the establishment of Tax Increment District (TID).

Notwithstanding compliance with any or all of the guidelines herein, the provision of TIF assistance is a policy choice to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Common Council. The burden of establishing the public value of TIF shall be placed upon the applicant and the application must substantially meet the criteria contained herein. City Administration reserves the right to bring any TIF proposal forward for Council consideration.

Meeting statutory requirement, policy guidelines or other criteria listed herein does not guarantee the provision of TIF financial assistance nor does the approval or denial of one project set precedent for approval or denial of another project.

TIF Authority

The authority and regulations for TIF and the establishment of TID are found in Wis. Stat. 66.1105. The City of New Holstein reserves the right to be more restrictive than provided under the statutes.

Basic Provisions

As a matter of policy, the City of New Holstein will consider using TIF to assist private development in those circumstances where the proposed private project shows a demonstrated financial gap and that the financial assistance request is the minimum necessary to make the project feasible. The developer is expected to have exhausted every other financial alternative(s) prior to requesting the use of TIF, including equity participation, other federal and state funds, bonds, tax credits, loans, etc.

It is the intent of the City to provide the minimum amount of TIF assistance to make the project viable and not solely to broaden a developer’s profit margin on the project. The potential developer shall provide sufficient evidence of efforts to gain financial assistance from other sources, and to show that those attempts have been exhausted. The City will then perform an independent analysis of the information.

In requesting TIF assistance, the developer must demonstrate that there will be a substantial and significant public benefit to the community by eliminating blight, strengthening the economic and employment base of the City, positively impacting surrounding neighborhoods, increasing property values and the tax base, creating new and retaining existing jobs, and implementing the Comprehensive Plan.

Each project and location is unique and therefore every proposal shall be evaluated on its individual merit, including its potential impact on city service levels, its overall contribution to the economy and its consistency with the Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan or other community planning documents. Each project must demonstrate probability of financial success.


The fundamental principle and that which the City must determine through information provided by the developer is that the project would not occur “but for” the assistance provided through TIF. The burden is on the developer to make this case to the City and not the City to make this case for the developer. Should this “but for” determination not be made, TIF for the project cannot be approved.

TIF Objectives

The City will consider utilizing TIF to meet the following basic objectives:
1. Stimulate and continued revitalization of the community by:
a. Improving infrastructures;
b. Creating a variety of housing opportunities;
c. Preventing or eliminating slum and blighting conditions;
d. Constructing mixed-use developments;
e. Attracting desirable businesses and retaining existing businesses;
f. Encouraging development projects that enhance the streetscape and pedestrian experience and improve the vitality of the community
2. Promote efficient usage of land through redevelopment of blighted areas.
3. Strengthen the economic base of the City and support Economic Development.
4. Stabilize and upgrade targeted neighborhoods.
5. Create and retain family supporting jobs in the City.
6. Increase property values and tax revenues.
7. Leveraging the maximum amount of non-city funds into a development and back into the community.

What Development is Eligible?

The type of development that the City will consider TIF funding includes:
1. Business development (attraction, retention, expansion). TIF assistance will be evaluated on its impact on existing local markets.
2. Mixed-use developments that creatively integrate commercial and retail projects into a residential development.
3. Revitalization of historically significant or deteriorated buildings.
4. Projects that promote office and retail development.
5. Projects that promote neighborhood stabilization or revitalization.
6. Projects that promote industrial development.
7. Projects consistent with approved TIF Project Plans.
8. Projects that involve environmental clean-up, removal of slum and blighting conditions.
9. Projects that contribute to the implementation of other public policies, as adopted by the city such as promotion of high-quality architectural design, energy conservation (i.e. LEED, Energy Star, etc.), green infrastructure, etc.

What Development is Ineligible?

The City will not favor use of TIF funding to help support the following types of development.
1. Speculative office development (projects that have no secured tenants).
2. Relocation of offices, retail and/or commercial uses for purposes other than retaining or substantially expanding the business.
3. Office and retail development outside of the city.
4. Standalone residential development projects unless limited by site and environmental conditions beyond which make the project financially infeasible.
5. Projects not consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.

The full policy is available at City Hall or by contacting Cullen Peltier at (920) 898-5766.

How do I obtain an Absentee Ballot? Expand

State Statutes allow anyone who is unable or unwilling to go to the polls on Election Day to vote by absentee ballot. You can cast an absentee ballot in person or by mail. Please check with the City Clerk for the dates when an absentee ballot can be obtained prior to the election.

We encourage all voters to use the Wisconsin voting system at to obtain an absentee ballot and to register to vote.

Please Note . . . If you are not already registered, you will also need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.

Absentee Voting in Person
Absentee voting will begin on Tuesday, March 19th 2024, and end on Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at 4:30PM.
Where: City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 2110 S. Washington Street
When: 7:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Thursday and 7:00am to 12:00pm Friday (No abstenee voting on Friday, March 29th, 2024).
Call: (920) 898-5766 to make sure ballots are available. Request by Mail
You can request and vote an absentee ballot by mail. You must submit a written request containing the following information:

  • Name
  • City of New Holstein Address
  • Date of Election(s)
  • Address the absentee ballot should be mailed
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Signature Date
  • or click

Complete the form and mail it to: City Clerk’s Office 2110 Washington St. New Holstein, WI 53061
The application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 5th day (Thursday) before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. An elector may apply for an absentee ballot by facsimile or email; however, the faxed or emailed application must contain a copy of the applicant’s signature and the elector must return a copy of the faxed or emailed application with the elector’s original signature with the absentee ballot. Voter Registration Qualifications Expand

Taxes Expand

Property tax bills are typically sent out around December 10th. The City of New Holstein Property Taxes are distributed and payable to the Calumet County Treasurer located at 206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014-1198 in person or by mail. Personal Property Tax history can be found on the Calumet County website or by clicking here.

Dog Licensing Expand Dog Licenses are available at City Clerk’s Office
Neutered Males or Spayed Females – $5.00
Non-Neutered Males or Non-Spayed Females – $10.00

Proof of rabies shot is required.

Dog licenses, per Wisconsin Statutes, if not licensed by April 1 of each year become delinquent and are subject to a late fee of $20.00 in addition to the above charges.


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Cullen Peltier
City Administrator
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Lori Beck
Deputy City Clerk/Deputy Treasurer
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Lindsay Schultz
Administrative Assistant
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