space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* DNR Awards Grant To Marinette for Boat Facility
* Norway Golfers with 316 Win At Niagara Invitational
* Suring Claims Two Conference Triangulars
* Three M&O Teams Remain Undefeated
* Turkeys Are Spotted, Fish Bitting In M&O Area

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

County Tax Levy To Increase 1.029 Percent

Next month, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Marinette County Board will adopt the budget and tax levy for 2014, and before they do the public will have a chance to speak to them at the Annual Budget Hearing, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Administrator Ellen Sorensen reported at the board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 that the proposed budget requires a 1.029 percent levy increase, which equates to a $9 increase - about two cents a day - for a property valued at $100,000

In her formal administrator’s budget message to the board, Sorensen said the operating budget for the year totals $74,482,952 and the debt service budget totals $2,720,725. The $9,436,200 bond issue to be finalized later this year is included in the budget, but the property tax to start paying for it will show up in the 2015 budget.

The county’s equalized value dropped by one percent this year, and that downward trend is expected to carry over to next year, Sorensen said. The county tax levy is at the legal maximum of $15,045,207, with the maximum allowable tax increase of $153,238. The budget slows the drain on county reserves by cutting the operating deficit almost in half, Sorensen said, citing numerous savings worked out during the year.

“The 2014 budget will be successful if everyone works together,” Sorensen said.

She thanked department heads and Finance Committee for working with her throughout the budget process, particularly Jennifer Seguin “for pulling all the information together.”

“As a local government, the county’s primary focus must be on continuing to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of current county operations. It is our responsibility to give the citizens of Marinette County a good return on their investment of property tax dollars to ensure a good quality of life.”

At Sorensen’s request, County Board unanimously approved amendment to the county’s sales tax ordinance to be used to pay the annual debt service and to fund capital outlay and tourism expenditures for 2014. She said without using the sales tax proceeds they would need to cut $374,000 from the budget, which would result in loss of some services. The sales tax is expected to generate $3,005,000 in 2014. Projections when it was adopted in October of 2001 were that it would raise $2,186,000 annually have been far exceeded.

Major discussions of the day centered on the controversial County BB reconstruction project and a resolution opposing FCC regulation of jail inmate telephone costs. The county uses payments from the phone service provider to help cover jail costs and gets some perks for investigation efforts, particularly in regard data from phone calls and cell phones confiscated in searches and arrests.

The resolution passed by 22 to eight vote, despite opposition from Law Enforcement Committee Chair Ken Keller, who expressed strong concerns about the impact high phone call costs place on families of prisoners, and need for prisoners to maintain family contacts if they are to stay out of jail after serving their terms. Supervisors voting against the resolution in addition to Keller were Al Sauld, Gilbert Engel, Ken Casper, Larry Nichols, Al Mans, Tom Mailand and Bob Holley.

In other business:

*Although the grant application has already been submitted, the board formally approved applying for a Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) grant with an integrated drug court as recommended by several committees, including the Criminal Justice Committee. Grant request totals $285,349.24, with in-kind contribution of $94,183.93, for a total of $379,533.17 for the two programs aimed at combatting Marinette County’s growing heroin problem.

*The board approved transfer of $25,000 to cover the uninsured portion of cost to replace equipment damaged in the August lightning strike to the courthouse.

*The board approved Sorensen’s appointments of Carl Turkiewicz to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with Todd Stepien and Wayne Gerondale as alternates; Patricia Weddel to the Governing Board of the Aging and Disability Resource Center representing the advocate or consumer, and John Goldschmidt to the 911 User Committee as a representative of the DNR.

*A Zoning Ordinance change for the Town of Niagara was approved as requested.

*Purchase of 40-acre parcel in the Town of Amberg from Gary and Mary Widner for $99,400 was approved. Financing is provided by a previously awarded Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant, and the transaction may include trade for another 38-acre property the county owns on the Peshtigo River in the Town of Silver Cliff as a local match. The board was assured the Town of Amberg has no objections, but Supervisors Shirley Kaufman and Russ Bauer were opposed. Keller said he would vote in favor this time because the parcel is land locked, but will vote against acquiring more forest land in future. Forest Administrator Pete Vilas said the county can gain income from the transaction almost immediately because timber it contains is ready for harvest. A cabin will be moved, Vilas said.

*Bridge aids were awarded for the towns of Grover, Dunbar and Stephenson for bridges on Twelve Foot Falls Road, Loucks Road, Boat Landing Road and Butler rock Road.

*On recommendation of the Personnel and Buildings and Grounds committees the board approved up to two weeks of “overlap” for a new Maintenance Technician to train with the retiring employee.

*At the start of the meeting, Sorensen saluted retired Human Services Employee Kerry E. Valley for her 23 years of work as an Initial Assessment Social Worker. Valley thanked County Board for her employment, and expressed gratitude to Dave Harper for hiring her 23 years ago, “and for believing in me.” She said the job caused much stress, but brought many rewards and much opportunity for personal growth. “The children taught me insight and understanding of problems like violence, alcoholism, drug abuse and child abuse. They taught me also about resilience, hope, strength and recovery, and the list goes on,” she said, thanking the board again.

*At the end of the meeting, Nichols explained he was absent from last month’s meeting for an excellent reason. He was in California with his daughter to attend his grandson’s graduation from Boot Camp, at the top of his class of 550 Marines. “That was a proud moment for me, and I’m glad I was able to go,” he declared.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-22-2015Sports
DNR Awards Grant To Marinette for Boat Facility

04-22-2015Sports
Norway Golfers with 316 Win At Niagara Invitational

04-22-2015Sports
Suring Claims Two Conference Triangulars

04-22-2015Sports
Three M&O Teams Remain Undefeated

04-22-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-22-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-22-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-22-2015Obituaries
Betty Kirt

04-22-2015Obituaries
Dennis W. Werner

04-22-2015Obituaries
Roger A. Vaessen

04-22-2015Obituaries
Virginia Sengstock

04-22-2015Obituaries
William G. Schultz

04-22-2015Obituaries
Irene M. Schlag

04-22-2015Obituaries
Clarence L. Ninneman

04-22-2015Obituaries
Beverly Lied

04-22-2015Obituaries
Judith L. Lemieux

04-22-2015Obituaries
Timothy E. Kainz

04-22-2015Obituaries
Lloyd H. Hilsabeck

04-22-2015Obituaries
James R. Gray Sr.

04-22-2015Obituaries
Lawrence Colassacco

04-22-2015Obituaries
Donald L. Block

04-22-2015Obituaries
Violet A. Swanson

04-22-2015Obituaries
Charles W. Smith

04-22-2015Obituaries
Joyce Orlando

04-22-2015Obituaries
Michael G. Nelson

04-22-2015Obituaries
Lorraine A. Kososki

04-22-2015Obituaries
Carol J. Kakuk

04-22-2015Obituaries
Vernice A. Holmes

04-22-2015Obituaries
JoAnn Holmberg

04-22-2015Obituaries
Robert W. Gruszynski

04-22-2015Obituaries
Jewel E. Goldsmith

04-22-2015Obituaries
George J. Goettler III

04-22-2015Obituaries
Betty A. Ferguson

04-22-2015Obituaries
Leonard J. Engeldinger

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Medical Facility Honors Unit 66

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Athletes Have Evening of Fun

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Winners in SC Card Parties

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Postal Offices Food Drive For Needy

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Market Coop Meeting at Crivitz Lodge Apr. 23

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Legion Gun Show May 9

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
ATV Club Clean Parkway Road

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Woman’s Club Plans Yard Sales

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Lions Breakfast a Success

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Holds Every 15 Minutes

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Lioness Group Meat Raffle Apr. 26

04-22-2015News
Marinette To Open Museum

04-22-2015News
Goodman Class DinnerApril 25

04-22-2015News
Blood Drive Set for April 27

04-22-2015News
Twin Bridge Rescue Rummage Sale

04-22-2015Front Page
Departments Hold Joint MABAS Training Monday

04-22-2015Front Page
Revive Peshtigo Fish Viewing Platform Project

04-22-2015Front Page
County Board Says Add Deputies, Find Funding

04-22-2015Front Page
Marinette Co. Confirms Wish To End Airport Partnership

04-22-2015Front Page
Schingick Retiring After 32 Years As Crossing Guard

04-15-2015Sports
Turkeys Are Spotted, Fish Bitting In M&O Area

04-15-2015Sports
Crivtz In Good Shape After Two Conference Wins

04-15-2015Sports
Peshtigo Cruises Past STAA/Lena In Opener

04-15-2015Sports
Wausaukee Beats Crivitz In Ealry Season Showdown

04-15-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-15-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-15-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-15-2015Obituaries
Earl R. Vaughn

04-15-2015Obituaries
Betty Stebane

04-15-2015Obituaries
LaVerne K. Smaney

04-15-2015Obituaries
Thomas E. Malato

04-15-2015Obituaries
Elaine D. LaValley

04-15-2015Obituaries
Luella J. LaPointe 

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mildred A. Kozak

04-15-2015Obituaries
Jean E. Koth

04-15-2015Obituaries
Lois C. Galarneau

04-15-2015Obituaries
Marie Cullinan

04-15-2015Obituaries
Nancy J. Cooney

04-15-2015Obituaries
Bette R. Brown

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mildred Berger

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mary A. (Bruso) Weissgerber

04-15-2015Obituaries
George J. Vellella

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mary L. Spakowicz

04-15-2015Obituaries
Lawrence M. Servais

04-15-2015Obituaries
Helen T. Scheuer

04-15-2015Obituaries
Joseph J. Nemetz

04-15-2015Obituaries
Patrick Mickelson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Florence I. Magnuson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Helen E. LeBreck

04-15-2015Obituaries
Virginia Kellow

04-15-2015Obituaries
Anna M. (Hansen) Holl

04-15-2015Obituaries
Arleen H. Gabrielson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Paul H. Christy

04-15-2015Obituaries
Rev. Ralph J. Backman

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Annual, Regular Meetings

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Legion Unit Elects, Seek Event Volunteers

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue Auxiliary Hears Reports

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Highway Cleanup Apr. 25

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 17

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Legion Post, Unit Meetings April 15

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Library Closed April 17

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Membership Assistance Program at CYCC

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Church Name, Service Change

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Joint Area Court Lists Fines, Charges

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Lioness Group Set Meat Raffle

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
CCBA Spring Sale May 15-16

04-15-2015News
Country Gospel Jam April 17

04-15-2015News
Floriano-Stecker Breakfast April 26

04-15-2015News
Faith Christian Annual Auction

04-15-2015News
Zion Preschool Open House Apr. 22

04-15-2015Front Page
Ginger Deschane Named CRA, CBA Person of Year

04-15-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Negotiates Return of 21.96 Acres in Industrial Park

04-15-2015Front Page
Recommend Adding Deputies; Paying For Them Still An Issue

04-15-2015Front Page
Coleman Names Polomis Principal and Administrator

04-15-2015Front Page
Board Adopts 10-Year Plan For Peshtigo School Improvements

04-08-2015Sports
Spring Turkey Youth Hunt Opens Statewide April 11-12

04-08-2015Sports
Softball/Baseball

04-08-2015Sports
Area Softball Season Gets Started

04-08-2015Sports
Coleman Crushes Goodman Pembine

04-08-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-08-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-08-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-08-2015Obituaries
Kenneth N. Zolmierski

04-08-2015Obituaries
Mae E. Wangerin

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dale C. Sjoquist

04-08-2015Obituaries
Anita L. Schroeder

04-08-2015Obituaries
Arlene E. Schick

04-08-2015Obituaries
Roger W. Rye

04-08-2015Obituaries
Greg Martens

04-08-2015Obituaries
Loretta Littlefield

04-08-2015Obituaries
Lorraine A. Kososki

04-08-2015Obituaries
George M. Jossart

04-08-2015Obituaries
Sharon L. Forbes

04-08-2015Obituaries
Robert Fischer

04-08-2015Obituaries
Erma J. Ellingson

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dr. Robert R. Birr

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dr. Roberta "Bobbi" Sulk, PhD

04-08-2015Obituaries
Michael L. Rudolph

04-08-2015Obituaries
Cecelia M. Peterson

04-08-2015Obituaries
John C. Olsen

04-08-2015Obituaries
Rev. Thomas G. Lindblad

04-08-2015Obituaries
John P. Kubichek, Sr.

04-08-2015Obituaries
Jean E. Koth

04-08-2015Obituaries
Renee Lynn Jakups

04-08-2015Obituaries
Alfred J. Bickel

04-08-2015Obituaries
Frank P. Behringer

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Empty Bowls Benefit, Family Math Night

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Highway Cleanup Apr. 25

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Composites Installs New Software

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff F & R Auxiliary to Meet

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Annual Banquet at Rene’s

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Marks Legion Birthday

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Board April 9

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
14 at Monday Card Group

04-08-2015Community - Coleman
Village of Coleman T-Ball Sign-Up

04-08-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board April 13


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should Governor Walker be spending more time on Wisconsin issues and less time campaigning for President?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites