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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The Wisconsin Senate continues its focus on encouraging job creation and economic development as its Committee on Economic Development and Commerce schedules roundtable discussions around the state, including one in Menomonie, reports Senator Sheila Harsdorf. The Menomonie roundtable, which is open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct.
Using a statewide online auction service worked well for selling tax-deed property, reported St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell. At their Sept. 16 meeting, Administration Committee members approved the sale of seven parcels through the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction. The total of the bids was nearly $172,000 more than what is owed in delinquent taxes, interest and penalties. The properties that sold are in either the Fox Run or the Whispering Pines addition in the city of New Richmond.
Revenues from fees and fines are down while her office continues to make slow progress toward going paperless and dealing with staff turnover, said St. Croix County Clerk of Court Kristi Severson. She presented her annual report to the County Board Sept. 1. During a phone interview before the meeting, Severson attributed a drop in revenue, in part, to fewer cases being filed, especially in civil, small claims and family court. “Maybe people are getting along better together,” said Severson, trying to account for the decreases.
St. Croix County’s Administration Committee will hire a tax attorney for advice on an IRS agent’s decision that taxes are owed on some unused paid time off hours even if employees don’t cash them out. An IRS agent claims that because the county neither withheld nor paid social security or income tax for $144,900 of PTO time that employees transferred to their Long-Term Sick Leave Banks at the end of 2012, St. Croix must pay $58,395. That, said Bob Mittet, interim finance director, is just for 2012.
A favorable credit rating means St. Croix County will pay 2.649 percent interest on the first half of the money it’s borrowing for construction and remodeling at the Health Center in New Richmond. County Board members voted last week to accept FTN Financial’s bid on the $10 million issue.
The addition of a new position, assistant county administrator, was a sticking point last week as the St. Croix County Board received and adopted a salary schedule based on a market study. Along with combining five salary schedules from different departments into one and giving “market-rate” adjustments that will cost the county $525,000 next year, consultant Victoria McGrath recommended making the senior management analyst in the administrator’s office the assistant county administrator. The annual pay range for the new position will be $91,642 to $132,725.
Aug. 4, with only one no vote, the St. Croix County Board of supervisors finalized the purchase of 53 wooded acres along the St. Croix River from retired county Judge C.A. Richards and his wife. The county will pay $746,000 for the 53.29 acres of undeveloped land -- which includes 2,000 ft. of bluffline and 1,300 ft. of shoreline -- in the town of St. Joseph. The money will come from $2 million of federal funds St.
With just County Board approval needed, St. Croix County is set to buy 53.29 acres of undeveloped land along the St. Croix River in the town of St. Joseph. The land, which is being purchased from retired county judge C.A. Richards and his wife Jeanette, has an “undisturbed, very natural shoreline, beach access, 2,000 feet of bluffline and 1,300 feet of shoreline, said Community Development Director Ellen Denzer. The purchase was approved by the Administration Committee July 15 and will be on the County Board’s Aug.
If the Hudson Area Joint Library won’t reimburse other libraries for services, a St.