Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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A proposal to borrow $5 million for a list of repair projects failed to get the supermajority of support needed from St. Croix County Board members Tuesday. The cost of the projects on the list that accompanied the resolution totaled $5.7 million. Administrators said the list would be revised after further analysis.
The Administration Committee is recommending St. Croix County borrow $5 million next year for building repair projects -- on top of the $10 million the county borrowed this year and the $10 million it will borrow in 2016 for the new nursing home. The proposal will go to the full County Board Dec. 1 where it needs the vote of 15 of the 19 supervisors for adoption.
A part owner of the site and co-developer of a planned new hotel has filed a lawsuit against another major player, claiming the architect derailed the project. John P. Berdusco and Hudson GSRS LLC, 245 Cedar Drive, Hudson, filed a civil lawsuit against Michael G.
The St. Croix County Board voted last week to spend $185,000 to buy 13.764 acres with 1,360 feet of shoreline on Bass Lake for a county park. This will be the third land purchase using $2 million in St. Croix River Crossing mitigation funds allocated to the county. About $880,000 will be left in the fund after this purchase. The money from the Minnesota Department of Transportation is intended to mitigate the impact the new Stillwater bridge will have on the Wisconsin side of the river. This summer the board spent $746,000 of the money to buy 53 acres along the St.
HUDSON -- After extensive discussion of three items last week, the St. Croix County Board adopted a 2016 budget that will raise the property tax levy by a little over $1 million and result in a slight increase for the average homeowner. The issues that provoked the most discussion during the Nov.
The St. Croix County Board will be asked Nov. 3 to vote to spend $185,000 to buy 13.764 acres on Bass Lake for a county park. This will be the third land purchase using $2 million in St. Croix River Crossing mitigation funds allocated to the county, said Ellen Denzer, the county’s community development director. About $880,000 will be left in the fund after this purchase. The federal money is intended to mitigate the impact the new Stillwater bridge will have on the Wisconsin side of the river. This summer the board spent $746,000 of the money to buy 53 acres along the St.
After some supervisors protested they hadn’t been able to read the document, the St. Croix County Administration Committee voted last week to send the proposed 2016 budget to the full County Board with no recommendation. The budget would raise the property tax levy over $1 million and result in a monthly increase of about 50 cents for the owner of a median-value home.
During a four-hour work session Oct. 14, St. Croix County supervisors got their first look at a proposed 2016 budget that would raise the tax levy over $1 million and result in a modest tax increase for the average property owner. The new mill rate means a county tax in 2016 of about $933 for a $241,657 house (the median value in St. Croix).
St. Croix County Board members voted last week to change their compensation schedule, increasing the board budget but not always raising what an individual supervisor will be paid. The changes go into effect once a new board is elected next April. County Clerk Cindy Campbell, who administers the per diem plan, said she had already increased the 2016 budget by $10,000 because committees met more than predicted this year. The changes adopted Oct. 6 will add about $7,000 to that. Currently the board chairman is paid $500 a month.
With the Wisconsin Senate’s next floor session set to begin Oct. 20, Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has co-authored two bills to expand access to data through a program intended to combat abuse of prescription drugs. “The legislation does, in my opinion, close a gap that currently exists,” said St.