Staying out the SAC

December is known as the season of giving. The SAC Investment LLC property group is known for taking from their renters. After months of complaints, the company is gaining a reputation for being the worst property group in Milwaukee.

New resident Tiffany Ellis said, “I haven’t been able to shower in days.” This came after the management team came to dismantle their shower. Ellis says that the company has left her family shower-less for two days now. 

“This happened Thursday. Now it’s Saturday and I still can’t shower,” Ellis said.

SAC Investment has been selling and renting properties since 2000. They claim to create a relationship with all of their clients. The company claims to create “long term residency and referral network of highly satisfied residents.”

Based upon yelp reviews, they have multiple one -star reviews. One customer even went as far as saying their property has a mice and roach problem.

Another common factor from complaints are that the management group doesn’t answer calls. “I’ve called about ten times in the past day and a half, no return or answers,” Tiffany said.

Currently, SAC Investment offers 1-5 bedroom rental homes in a variety of housing styles and sites: single family, duplex, townhouse, row house, and multi-family apartment setting, predominantly in Milwaukee’s west side communities.

Home owner, Sandra Wholf, told how she used the reviews of the company to decide to move elsewhere. “Before contacting, I read everything online. They didn’t sound like someone I could rely on or work with.”

Sandra said that instead of renting she and her husband decided to take out a mortgage shortly after their marriage. 17 years later, they still live in the same Victorian style home.

“Even though you have to do all your own maintenance (yard work, electrical, plumbing), it pays off to know that you’re not dependent on keeping up someone else’s property,” Sandra said.

Current UW-Milwaukee student Emani Qunicy says she looks to buying a home instead of falling into the traps of landlords.

“One of the perks of buying is to invest into something that will be yours,” Quincy said. “I won’t have to ask if I can keep pets, visitors, or ask before I change anything. Once I pay for it, it’s mine,” Quincy said.

After someone is set on getting into a home there are two factors one must acknowledge. First is the property tax rate of the state you live in and how you are going to get a mortgage.

The process for getting a home mortgage is simple. All that is needed is a Credit check to see how much you’re preapproved for, followed by finding the correct lender, lastly you snag the affordable home of your dreams.

For mid-sized families, Mortgages could range from $500-$1000 per month. “I’m willing to pay that to have my own, it’s close to what I pay now. I feel I’m being ripped off,” Tiffany said.

When asked if she would look into getting a mortgage, Tiffany said, “I have to next time! No more renting and especially from SAC Investments in Milwaukee.”

Jefferson County Board

By: Brion Nash

The Jefferson county board met in downtown Jefferson on the breezy fall night of Oct. 22. The meeting was important because it had several topics that will be on the minds of many locals in 2020.

The most important announcement of the night came when the County Board Chairperson, Jim Schroeder announced that he wouldn’t be running for re-election in the upcoming elections in April 2020. Schroeder has been the head of the county board since 2014.

Schroeder is passing on big projects for the county in the next two upcoming years. Next year the county is starting the Badger State Solar project. This project is a solar farm that will cover only 1,200 acres of land which allocates for only .5 percent of the land in Jefferson county.

The big project is looking to bring in more than $300,000 annually. That’s compared to the $18,000 that the county makes from the property taxes of those farmers. The project is one of two sola projects in Jefferson county. The project introduced in this meeting will sit a mile west of the city of Jefferson, where highway 18 meets county road G.

This project is looking to generate around 149 megawatts of energy. That number will make the site big enough to gain attention from the Public Service Commission, which must approve any site that generates more than 100 megawatts of energy. Schroeder mentioned numerous times throughout the meeting how a contract or deal between the commission and county board should be done over the day-to- day functions and the income generated from the project.

The introduction of the 2020 county budget was introduced in the night’s meeting. A big state of emphasis in the budget was the need to renovate and upgrade the facilities of the county.

The projects aren’t looking to start until late 2020, early 2021. The first in this two-step project will be to update all of the infrastructure e the county uses to a broadband network. This upgrade in equipment from analog to a digital spectrum will allow the force to respond quicker and work more efficiently.

Step two calls for a complete renovation of the city hall in Jefferson and other county facilities. The vintage buildings are large, bulky and are not equipped with up to date standards of an enjoyable workplace. They need air conditioning, new ceilings, paint jobs, and other projects done around the over half -decade-old building. “The outside is good, we’re looking to change the inside,” said Schroeder.

The county head finance manager, Ben Weheimr, also agreed that in the long run, to renovate is easier than to build a new county courthouse from the ground up. “First we have to get someone to come look at our facilities and get an estimate for home much we will be looking at in costs, then we will be ready to go around 2021,” Weheimr said. All of this of course still has to be approved when the budget is voted on in next month’s meetings.

Before the public session of the meeting was over Chairman Schroeder emphasized again that the badger State Solar project will last between 25-30 years and will generate over $500,000 in utility shared revenue for next year.

In other parts of county news the parks department present their annual report. In the past year Jefferson County parks department has both the tapt and stewardship grants. Both of these grants are helping complete the inner urban trail and bridge that will be installed this upcoming spring. The department also wanted to acknowledge the generosity it feels from the donations and support from sponsors and the community.

REQUESting to stop

The Whitewater common council meeting is set up to be a direct avenue between the community and the board who runs it.

This is exactly the opportunity University of Wisconsin- Whitewater (UWW) student John Doe needed. He waited for the section of the meeting left for the public to speak and took his chance.

“I believe he need a stop sign on the intersection of Prince and Florence St. It makes it dangerous to walk to class because of the uncontrolled intersection and the students who walk there,” Doe said.

The simple but strategic move would improve safety in the area. When walking through the intersection, it is easy to feel the confusion on when to cross or not.

Drivers in the area also feel if we put a stop sign there, it would also need for a tree to be cut down. This of course would add a little bit more to the project’s budget.

Whitewater school district annual report

There is a lot to be happy about for the Whitewater Unified School District. District administrator, Mark Elworthy spoke to the common council Tuesday night to credit his schools. The achievements of the 2018- 2019 school year were presented with passion and pride.

The achievements include: Jerry award winners, Whitewater high school’s robotic world championship qualifier, and the 5th annual Golf Fore! Whitewater Kids event.

This year, the Golf Fore! Whitewater Kids event raised $8000, which will support scholarships, Family emergency funds, the Whippet Booster Club, and the Whitewater Parents Association.

“The best part of this is that the team mates share with the younger students in K-12,” Elworthy said.

The magic formula to running a successful school district starts with the teachers. The WUSD has no problem keeping good teachers and having them move up through the school district’s ranks.

“It’s important for us to attract and retain quality people… We provide them professional development and opportunities for room and growth,” Elworthy said.

This proves true based upon the impressive list of current and former teachers who have been recognized on the National Board of Certified Teachers.

The new and upcoming challenge for WUSD will be next year when there is a possibility that neighboring districts could be merging with the WUSD. This means more cash and properties, but also more debt and students. The final decision will be known by Jan. 15, 2020.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

  • Introduced the clean sweep program, which will take place on Friday Oct. 4, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
  • The ongoing Milwaukee St. project is going into phase two and will be completed before the end of winter.
  • The Whitewater municipal building is having new building hours and they can be found on the city website .
  • Introduced that free English classes will be taught at Whitewater high school for more information, you can visit their website
  • October 11 brings a new score tour to Whitewater. The tour will take brave souls around town to visit some of Whitewater’s most iconic and haunted sites.