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ELLSWORTH -- After a little tweaking Tuesday morning, the Pierce County Board adopted its 2007 budget, raising the county's property tax levy to the state-limited cap of $12,875,705. That total includes almost $12.3 million for general operations, $400,000 for county library and $200,000 for county aid for bridges. The county has no debt so no money was budgeted for debt service. Each county's property tax cap is set by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and is based on the value of new construction.
The St. Croix County Board's Finance Committee agreed last Thursday to correct a 2007 budgeting error by using an extra $64,000 from the county's sales tax fund. When the County Board adopted the 2007 budget Oct.
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.
I made the call with trepidation. In the 25 years that we've lived in our house in the woods, we've been plagued with red squirrels, chipmunks and mice. Except for the mice, I had enjoyed watching the little guys frolic in the leaves and trees -- until they started chewing and burrowing their way into our house. There's nothing like finding a weasel in the office to convince a person that a line must be drawn. I've become proficient with traps -- under the sink, in the garage and under the deck.
According to an appeals court decision released Tuesday morning, Pierce County authorities did nothing wrong when they didn't charge an Ellsworth boy with five counts of theft until after his 17th birthday. The appeals court found there was no intentional delay and upheld the conviction of Nicholas R. Ingli, Ellsworth. Last December Ingli was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. His probation was revoked Oct.
The Third District Court of Appeals has overturned a 10-year-old conviction for a man who didn't tell Pierce County authorities that the conviction should have been for his second, not first, drunk driving offense. Although appeals court judges agreed it is unfair to dismiss a 10-year-old conviction where the defendant already benefited by getting a fine rather than a criminal conviction, they said they have no choice under current law. Last week's ruling vacates a 1997 Pierce County decision finding Roger J.
ELLSWORTH - State aids that haven't increased in a decade and limits on county funding will apparently mean fewer services to Pierce County's mentally ill residents as well as the loss of almost six full-time county jobs. Last week the county's Human Services Committee met for about three hours to give its approval to a series of budget request cuts intended to meet the Finance and Personnel Committee's directive.
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.
In a decision released last Thursday, a state appeals court upheld a former River Falls man's conviction and sentence for raping and holding a young woman against her will. Joseph P. Hipler, now 24, is serving a 10-year prison sentence at Stanley Correctional Institution. He was convicted of one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment for events that occurred March 29, 2003, in River Falls. According to reports, the woman, who lived in the same building as Hipler, came to his apartment to help clean up after a party held the night before.
A civil lawsuit was filed last week in Pierce County Court on behalf of a little girl who was sexually assaulted by an older boy, allegedly while she was at daycare. The complaint was filed on behalf of "Jane Doe 102" and by her mother and guardian "Jane Doe 103" against "John Roe" and Cathey Van Allen, N8182 950th St., River Falls. The pseudonyms are used to conceal the identity of both the girl and the boy, who are minors. She is now five. He is older than 14. According to the suit, Van Allen owned and operated a daycare in her home.