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- Population (at 2010 census) was 2487
- Charles White Whittlesey, Medal of Honor recipient in World War I, was born in Florence.
- The Town of Florence maintains 119.21 miles of roads and streets--64.41 miles are paved road and 54.35 miles are gravel.
- Florence is the County seat for Florence County.
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A Little History of the Town. . .
From the Heritage of Iron & Timber 1880-1980
Published for Florence County, Wisconsin, 1980
The Townsite of Florence is Laid Out
In 1879 Mr. VanDyke and Mr. Hagerman, financiers, purchased a three-fourths interest, arranged for railroad extension because of the good work done in this mining region by Mr. N.P. Hulst and called the mine in Florence in honor of Mrs. Florence Hulst, his wife. This name was first applied to the iron mine, then to the town and county. The following is an account of the letter sent to Mrs. Florence Hulst on December 15, 1879 by Mr. J.J. Hagerman President of the Menominee Mining company:
Mrs. Hulst -- The time is come when we must give a name to the new town in Wisconsin at the end of the Railroad now building, and to the new mine in the vicinity, now called the Eagle, but which name we do not wish to keep, as there is already an Eagle P.O. in Wisconsin. The Company owns all the land around the lake, where the town will be located. It will be a lively town. We shall put an anti-whiskey clause in all deeds and we expect it will be as much noted for its temperance and morality as for its -- well, anything the future may develop. We all wish to call the new town and the mine FLORENCE, in honor of the first white woman who had courage enough to settle (for a while) in that rugged country. I mean the first white woman known to us.
Will you permit your name to be used?
Thus the town and mine had been given a name, a very prim and proper name!
Because of the mine people rushed into the region and by 1880 Mr. Fisher laid out the townsite, putting a number of lots upon the market. He said he would put the lots in at government prices selling the ordinary lots from $100.00 while the corners sold for $150.00.
In sixty days Mr. Fisher had sold $60,000 worth of realty. The population at this time was 50 people. In a short time a blast furnace was put up as was a foundry, five coal kilns, a large sawmill and a cheese factory.
Notices for the Town of Florence
The Town of Florence Office is located at 749 Central Avenue. It is in the corner of the Community Center building. The mailing address for the Town of Florence is P.O. Box 247; Florence, WI 54121.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone Number: 715-528-3595
Fax Number: 715-528-3591
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This page was last updated: October 20, 2016
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Property Tax Records Online
Did you know that you can view and print your property tax records online? If you go to florencecountywi.com you will find a page with the box “Florence County Quicklinks” on the right side of the page. Click on Property Tax Records.
Here you can search by name or by parcel number. Once you have the correct record, select "taxes" or “assessment” on the left side of the page. Make sure that you select the proper tax year to see the amount due. Information is available about 1 week after tax bills have been distributed by the county treasurer to the township clerks. This is usually the first or second week of December.
TOWN OF FLORENCE
NOVEMBER ELECTION – BALLOTS ARE READY!
Absentee voting can take place in the Clerk's Office now thru November 4.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 the Office will be open until 5 p.m.
You must be registered to vote in order to vote absentee. Registration can also occur in the Clerk's Office.
Town of Florence Trick or Treat Hours
Monday, October 31, 2016
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
TOWN BOARD OF FLORENCE
PUBLIC HEARING AND INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
6:00 P.M. Florence Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence
The purpose of this Public Hearing/Informational Session is to discuss an application to the Town of Florence from the Florence Utility Commission to increase sewer rates.
The increase in necessary to reflect changes in operating costs, capital improvements and a need to review the rate tariff structure since the last sewer rate increase in 1996.
The total increase in sewer revenues requested is $43.111 which will result in an estimate overall rate increase of 38.3% over the sewer utility’s present revenues. If the request is granted, the sewer base rate for an average residential customer will increase from $14.75 to $19.00 per month.
Note: If you have any special needs or require special accommodations in order to attend town board meetings, please call 715-528-3595 or write PO Box 247, Florence, WI 54121
NOTICE TOWN OF FLORENCE RESIDENTS
Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used in the November 8th, 2016 General Election will be held on
October 31st, 2016
at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Office.
(749 Central Avenue – Florence, WI)
Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Absentee Voting to be Administered at Golden Living Center
November 2, 2016
If a resident is unavailable to vote at this time, alternative dates will be
November 3rd & 4th, 2016 at 9:00 A.M
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER
5778 Chapin Street
Special Voting Deputies appointed by the Town of Florence will be administering absentee voting for the residents of this facility for the November 8th, 2016 General Election at the above time and place. 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.
Only observers from each of the two recognized political parties whose candidates for the governor or president received the greatest number of votes in the municipality at the most recent general election may accompany the deputies to each facility where absentee voting will take place. The observers may observe the process of absentee ballot distribution in the common areas of the home or facility. Each party wishing to have an observer present shall submit the name of the observer to the clerk no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the visit.
Family members of residents may be present at the time of voting.
If you have further questions, please contact:
Town of Florence Clerk/Treasurer
749 Central Avenue, Florence