WisconsinPublicNotices.org, a searchable, statewide public notice website, has been launched by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA).
The site is a free resource, offering a direct link to public notices that are first published by the County Post and newspapers from around the state.
“Our state’s Legislature has long understood the value of an informed citizenry and has always mandated that public notices be published in ink, on paper, in the newspapers across Wisconsin,” said Andrew Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County Pionier and president of the WNA Board of Directors. “This permanent, third-party documentation – unalterable and independent of government itself – ensures protection for each and every person. The public must be given opportunity to be made aware of government actions that affect them, whether it is the activity of all government, or the actions of courts. It’s ‘The Public’s Right to Know.'”
WisconsinPublicNotices.org brings those printed notices together in one online home. The site is a public service made possible by the newspapers of Wisconsin. It was developed to assist citizens who want to know more about the actions of local, county and state government; as well the local and state court system.
Notices are first published in newspapers and then placed on the site to offer enhancements such as statewide search and updates to online readers.
Content on the site is searchable by city, county, newspaper, zip code and key word. There is no cost to the public for accessing public notices on the WisconsinPublicNotices.org website and there is no added cost to units of government for placing the notices on the site.