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City of Appleton Appycademy

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Have you ever wondered what your property taxes get you? We could tell you, but we think it would be more beneficial to show you. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our fun and engaging Citizens Academy that we like to call Appycademy.

In the spring of 2020 we'll be holding a 10-week class. Each Thursday night session from March - May, we’ll give you an inside look at different services the city provides. We’ll also tour city facilities, meet staff members and give you a chance to ask questions you want answered.

Questions like, why is our recycling picked up every other week? Why do we plow snow sometimes and only salt others? What does it take to start a business in Appleton? Who do I call about the junk in my neighbor’s yard?  We’ll answer all your questions and take your suggestions too, because we hope we can learn some things from you along the way as well.

We can’t cover all of the aspects of our operations in a 10-week Appycademy, but we will visit and talk about the areas that most directly impact you. However, this class will not cover the Appleton Police Dept. or Appleton Fire Dept. We have a separate citizens academy for those two departments each fall. A class we would strongly encourage residents to take!  

Over the course of the Appycademy, you’ll learn about the city budget process, how much of your tax bill goes to the city and where the rest of the money goes (hint: not to us).

We'll tour our water treatment and waste water (yes, that water) treatment plants. We'll show you where the water at your tap comes from and how it gets cleaned before being discharged back into the Fox River.  

You’ll learn about the library, how it is governed (not by the city) and how it is one of the busiest in the state. We'll explain how our committee and council meetings work and how you can get involved in running for office.

What does the Health Department do? A lot more than you think. Like ensuring the food you eat is safe and that you get as much gas for your car as you pay for. 

We'll walk you through how developments work, how businesses start-up, grow and expand and how home values and assessments work.

You'll also get to see the variety of equipment at our public works garage, learn how streets are made, plowed and maintained. Learn about our park system, our trails and all the different recreation programs the city offers.

At the end, you'll receive a pretty cool graduation gift too!

If you are interested in taking part in the class, fill out the form at the link below and hit submit. If you have questions about the program, contact Communications Coordinator Chad Doran at or call him at (920) 832-5814.  

2019 Appycademy Graduation photo