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Members of St. Croix County's Administration Committee voted unanimously last week to develop a proposal to cut the size of the County Board. The committee will bring the concept to the full board before working out details, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick. He said committee members don't want to invest a lot of energy in the proposal if the board doesn't want it. The St. Croix County Board has 31 members.
A complaint filed Monday afternoon with the Wisconsin Elections Board claims the Pierce County Democratic Party illegally used - and UW-River Falls allowed the Democrats to illegally use - the university computer to host an e-mail list-serve. The complaint alleges the Democrats solicited, received and continue to use e-mail and list-serve computer services belonging to the university and the state.
The cost of treating patients in state mental hospitals is a budget breaker for counties and should be paid by the state, say local officials. The Pierce and St. Croix county boards are joining other counties around Wisconsin in petitioning the state to take over the bills.
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County Board members are set to vote for pay raises for department heads and managers later this month but expect that the 3% increases proposed by the Finance and Personnel Committee will be hotly debated and probably amended at the Jan. 24 meeting. The proposal, approved on a divided vote by the committee, suggests the county stick with the current 10-step salary matrix but increase all non-union salaries by 3% effective Jan.
There will be races for four River Falls area seats on the Pierce County Board, but the filing deadline passed Tuesday with no candidate for the District 4 seat now held by Scott Mulhern. These are the local races: In District 2, Jim Camery, W11860 County Road FF, River Falls, is challenging LeRoy Peterson, W10604 County Road FF, River Falls, who has been on the board for nearly 10 years. District 2 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Clifton and Ward 3 of the city of Prescott. In District 6, Barbara Kolpin, 220 S.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board tied up loose threads last week, formally distancing itself from attempts to shore up the financially troubled Humane Society of Pierce St. Croix Inc. During their Dec.
It was like finding out you're the biggest loser and the biggest winner at the same time. Last week the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau released a study showing the state owes 33 counties a total of $1.8 million in sales tax receipts. The greatest debt - $361,643 - is to St.
HUDSON: After 2½ years of staff work, public hearings and revisions, the St. Croix County Board approved amended land use ordinances last week. The amendments and new chapter adopted by the County Board at its Dec.
Two prominent members of the St. Croix County Board have filed declarations of non-candidacy, indicating they won't seek re-election in April. The two are Ralph Swenson, North Hudson, who is completing his third term on the board and currently chairs its Finance Committee; and Art Jacobson, Woodville, who is completing his 18th year on the board. Swenson represents Wards 2 through 5 of the village of North Hudson. Jacobson represents the town of Baldwin and the village of Woodville.
St. Croix County has received $200,000 less in sales tax than it got at this point last year, but county officials aren't sure if they should be worried yet. "We're continuing to monitor this, but right now it doesn't look good," said Finance Committee Chairman Ralph Swenson as he led fellow County Board members through a budget discussion last week. Projections prepared by UW Extension sources have been fairly accurate in the past, but county officials are wondering if they're working now, Swenson said. St. Croix isn't alone.