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Editor:

Re: Wausaukee School District Taxpayers

I encourage everyone to become informed about what the Wausaukee School Board and Administrator are doing with our tax dollars. Lately, there has been a lot of activity with purchase of larger items. Is this part of a planned list of regular upgrades? Just nine years ago the school was going to close due to a negative fund balance, and a referendum was passed to keep the school going. I hope we are planning expenditures well in order not to reverse our financial progress.

Here are some recent big ticket items:

* Replacement of all the cafeteria tables (what was done with the old ones?)

* Hiring consultants from California, Pennsylvania and across the state.

* Sending teachers to New York and California for Professional Development.

* Building upgrades: digitalizing building automation, rewiring the gym, replacing flooring, outdoor lighting, football scoreboard, window flashing.

* $30,000 for a new lawn mower (the last mower was purchased only 4 years ago and to my knowledge appears to be in good working condition).

* $49,000 playground equipment.

* $30,000 for a 2016 brand new van.

* Purchase and placement of 11 "No Parking' signs in front of the school.

One thing you can do as a taxpayer is be aware of the board agendas. They are posted on the school web page or available through the school office.If there are agenda items that are confusing, or there is not enough information as to what the issue for discussion is, contact a board member or the administrative offices at school for clarification. I also encourage you to attend the board meetings. The next meeting is July 13.

Taxpayers are allowed to speak for up to 5 minutes at the beginning of each meeting. This is a great opportunity to voice your thoughts and concerns. Please be aware that not everything that is covered is reported on. Main meeting minutes can be found on the school website, but usually are brief and after the fact. As a concerned taxpayer, I urge you to pay attention to what is happening at our school!

Susan L. Klump

715-759-5336



Dear Editor:

After reading your headline "County Board Calls For Plan To Cut Borrowing" I thought that the Marinette County Board might have seen the light.  However as I read the article I felt that the majority of county board members still don't understand how the real financial world works.  Even when interest rates are low a person, business or government cannot borrow money and not have to pay it back. The more money borrowed the more money you have to pay back even when the interest rates are low. 

 The county has a savings account.  Most counties don't have a savings account.  This money was from the sale of the nursing homes and hospital.  Why this money that makes very little interest isn't used to reduce county borrowing is a mystery to me.  I know that once it is used there is no more but having a large amount of savings and borrowing money makes no sense.

 One of the kings of deferred maintenance is the former County Board chairman who wants to hold off on doing anything to the UW-Marinette (River Cities) pool until after a tour of the county buildings.  Really?  Several months to plan a tour of buildings?  Oh yeah, why hurry as this problem and others have been there much longer than the old county jail building problem has!   

 The solutions for the county board are:  Stop borrowing money, start making cuts, use the taxpayer savings account money they have wisely to fix the pool, fix the senior center, tear down the old jail and fix the worst roads.  Then live on the tax income that you have.  Other counties do it all over the state.  Making cuts to reoccurring costs like employee's salaries, tax payers contributions towards their benefits and retirement are necessary.  Doing a better job of building roads means they will last longer saving money.

 Taxpayers you need to call all the county board members and enlighten them to your feelings as they don't respond to letters to the editor, emails or much of anything it seems. 

Pete Pfankuch,

Marinette County


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