THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
County Board To See Proposed 2013 Budget
One agenda item for the Marinette County Board when they meet Tuesday, Oct. 30, starting at 9 a.m. will be presentation of the proposed 2013 county budget and budget message by County Administrator Ellen Sorensen. Her message will be on the desk of supervisors on Tuesday.
A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. to allow the public to voice their views.
As proposed, the budget seeks total expenditures of $64,478,643, up $1.83 million or 2.93 % over the 2012 budget and contains a contingency fund of $420,00, up $220,000. The proposed tax levy is $14,906,198 up $149,964 or 1.02%. over 2012.
The proposed tax rate for operations is $4.191 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This is an increase of 6 cents over 2012.
To balance the budget, it is proposed to apply $3.515 million of reserve funds, up $326.128 over 2012.
Equalized valuation of the county is $3.55 billion, down $8.12 million from 2012.
At their meeting Tuesday, supervisors will act on appointments to the Law Enforcement and Emergency Management. Sorensen is recommending Jay Heckel of the Marinette Fire Department and Ray Palonen, county highway commissioner. Also Ellie Jarvie to the Community Options Program, Long Term Services Planning Committee. Appointments would have no term limits.
The Forestry Committee is seeking approval to convey a strip of land in the Village of Wausaukee for connecting sewer and water to the Steve Stumbris Sr. Memorial Park facilities.
The Highway Department is seeking approval to deviate from policies and procedures to allow Ray Palonen, highway commissioner, to work four days a week during the summer season.
Law Enforcement Committee seeks approval of an agreement with SGTS to replace jail cameras and DVRs in the amount of $254,557.
Among resolutions is one to amend the County Sales and Use Tax to reduce the property tax levy to pay annual debt service for 2013 and also to be used for funding capital outlay and or economic development and tourism expenditures. Needed for the debt service for 2013 is $613,052.
If not approved, the county would have to add 17 cents per $1,000 to the tax levy. The 1/2 percent sales tax generates about $2.85 million annually.
Another resolution to be acted upon is supporting adequate funding for rail preservation. It seeks increasing funding in the state biennium budget from $30 million to $90 million for the years 2013-15. The resolution is to be sent to the governor.
A third resolution supports state legislation requiring online-only retailers to collect and remit the Wisconsin sales tax
There will also be annual reports by Kathy Brandt, county clerk; Renee Miller, register of deeds; Bev Noffke, treasurer; John Machnik, facilities director; Larry Schultz, IS director; and Jennifer Holtger, human resources.