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The St. Croix County Finance Committee is asking the County Board for authorization to hire a consultant to develop a process to sell land around the Government Center. In March an appraiser suggested the county divide the approximately 50 acres of excess land around the building to sell 23 acres for commercial development and 27 acres for residential use.
Although St. Croix County's total tax levy will be higher than ever, the 2007 tax rate charged to individual property owners will be lower than it has been in the last 30 years. "Our mill rate will be just a shade under $3 for the first time in memory," said Finance Committee Chairman Stan Krueger as he opened discussions at the county's annual budget hearing Oct. 31. While departments asked to add or expand over a dozen jobs, the board voted to add only a drug court coordinator. The budget adopted by the County Board last week drops the tax per $1,000 of property value to $2.944.
On a 27-3 vote, St. Croix County supervisors agreed Tuesday to seek proposals from businesses interested in buying, leasing or partnering to run the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond. A subcommittee of Health and Human Services Board members, staff and consultants will draft the request for proposals. The RFP will be issued by Dec. 1, and responses are due Feb.
Paul Nelson says his local roots, Marine Corps experience, family support, faith in God, business success and community involvement make him the right candidate to serve Wisconsin's 3rd District in Congress. Nelson, a real estate agent, said his job has given him a clear understanding of the values and needs of families in western Wisconsin. "It's kind of a special job in that we get to work in people's homes," he said. Sitting around kitchen or dining room tables visiting with clients has given him "a great feel for the things that are important to people in western Wisconsin" including fa
In the past 10 years, Ron Kind has learned that a willingness to listen and the ability to identify shared interests, despite party affiliations, are among the skills that make a good congressman. "Democracy is a lot of hard work. That's what I've learned," said Kind, 43, during an interview last week. "It requires a lot of listening." Kind, a Democrat from La Crosse, has represented Wisconsin's Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives since he was first elected in 1996. "I think we need much more listening in Washington across party lines," he said.
Because the project is nearly finished and almost all checked out, the St. Croix County Finance Committee agreed to accept a cut in price, rather than a performance bond, for communications equipment. In May the county hired BearCom Wireless Worldwide to install equipment that will allow emergency dispatchers to locate cell phone users who dial 911. Gary Kollman, director of the county's emergency communications center, said the purchase order for the project was signed May 30. BearCom was given 20 days to provide a performance bond. "The project went very quickly," said Kollman.
After three days of hearings and more juggling by administrators who chopped $2.4 million from budget requests, St. Croix County Finance Committee members thought they were close to a 2007 budget that would work. Then last week they got bids for health insurance and suddenly found themselves, using the words of Finance Director Michelle Pietrick, with "a total hole" of $351,358. Last Thursday the committee voted to tap the county sales tax fund to cover that hole and restore the contingency fund to a comfortable level.
About three years after the first offer was made, St. Croix County has gotten another $445,000 for land the Wisconsin Department of Transportation took for Hwy. 64 work. The DOT first offered $169,000, although it later paid $172,718.
No vote was taken, but it was obvious at last week's meeting that some St.
Landowners seeking approval to subdivide property in St.