space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From My Window
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Marine/Bulldog Golfers Continue Winning Ways
* Area Teams Open Season With Full Slate of Games
* Peshtigo Piles Up Early Season Wins; Stays Undefeated
* Area Track Teams Claim Early Season Victories
* More Officials, Better Fan Behavior Needed in High School Sports

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

County Board Tax Rate Drops Slightly, To $4.315 Per $1,000

Issue Date: October 28, 2020

Following a very brief public hearing at which no one from the public appeared, Marinette County Board unanimously approved the 2021 budget as proposed, and adopted a tax levy of $16,421,262 to go with it. With the 25 cents per $1,000 levy for debt retirement, tax rate was set at $4.315 per $1,000, down from $4.404 for 2020. Total assessed value of the county is $4,039,237,800.

At the start of the brief budget hearing, Finance Director Laura Mans had explained the proposed budget, which provides for a grand total of $52,868,172 in expenditures, $295,000 in contingency and a total tax levy of $17,471,943.

Questioned about a drop in interest from loans, Mans explained the Revolving Loan fund had 15 active loans and three had been paid off, resulting in the decease in interest income from that source.

The only debate on the budget was raised by Supervisor Bonnie Popp, who argued strongly in favor of a $15,000 increase in the allocation for economic development and tourism promotion. She pointed out Door County, Marinette County's closest competitor, recently received a large chunk of a $50 million grant for tourism, and said since tourism promotion is funded by sale taxes, an increase in spending to promote it would be an investment that resulted in more money being generated for the county.

Her motion to increase spending for tourism was seconded by Supervisor Connie Seefeldt, but ultimately Popp cast the sole vote in favor. Supervisor Bob Hoyer was absent and excused, and the other 28 supervisors were opposed. All 29 supervisors present then voted in favor of a motion to approve the budget as proposed by Administrator John LeFebvre.

Before the vote, LeFebvre said the tourism budget had been $267,000 for 2020, and the newly created Economic Development and Tourism office had requested only $260,000 for 2021, and that is what he had put in he budget. He said they have a non-lapsing account of money unspent from prior years from which they can draw if they need to.

"This county board adopted a budget policy that said they wanted a zero increase in the tax levy," LeFebvre reminded the "Unfortunately, to do that, I sometimes have to take money from one department and give it to other departments."

Supervisor Clancy Whiting noted County Board had told LeFebvre to be fiscally responsible and get more of the county's debts paid off, and said he has been doing that.

One of Popp's concerns was lack of Supervisor input while the budgets were being prepared. Board Chair John Guarisco said he felt they could discuss budgets in committee, and supervisors should contact their committee chair to have those discussions put on future agendas.

Supervisor Gail Wanek and Seefeldt both commended Popp for her willingness to speak up, and Guarisco agreed, and declared, "It's never a waste of time when we discuss issues on this County Board floor, so thank you!"

Seefeldt said she had seconded the motion to get the discussion, and since she had her questions answered had ultimately voted against it.

Early in the meeting LeFebvre had congratulated NewCap on getting part of a new $10 million Community Development grant, and had reported the first of the homes that were taken for unpaid property taxes and refurbished through a contract with NewCap has been completed and was to be offered for sale by sealed bids with a minimum price of over $99,000. The two story house, located at 1842 Liberty Street in Marinette, could be for one or two families. Supervisor Tom Mandli said the home is in his district, and from the exterior it looks very nice.

There was a comment that it is wonderful seeing the county put some life into these old homes.

LeFebvre said most of the houses the county obtained through tax deeds were so bad they must be demolished, but in addition to the Marinette house, one in the City of Niagara and one on Dow Dam Road in Amberg are being refurbished.

LeFebvre said work on the Ella Court Building adjacent to the courthouse is to be completed by Nov. 12, a bit later than the Nov. 1 goal, because Covid had caused a delay in delivery of the elevator, which still has to be installed. He said Otis Elevator Company had been shut down for a time, delaying the delivery. He added contractors had to deal with Covid issues throughout the entire construction and still would be done nearly on time.

Furniture for the second floor offices is to be delivered on Nov. 2, and due to lack of the elevator will be raised by lifts from the outside and brought in through windows so it can be placed.

Construction of the green roof enclosure is underway, and cleaning painting, ceiling tiles and electrical work is being completed for first floor offices. The first walk through inspection was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, LeFebvre said.

The contract with the City of Marinette for closing half of Ella Court Street ends on Oct. 31, so the barriers will be removed and the street will be re-opened by the end of the week, LeFebvre said, adding there will be some temporary blocking for specific tasks.

"We are on track to move in on schedule,"LeFebvre declared.

To a suggestion from Popp, he said tours for supervisors could be scheduled to coincide with committee meetings during the early part of November.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-05-2021Front Page
City Firefighters Respond To Blaze at Luigi's Pizza

05-05-2021Front Page
Grandaw Seated As Crivitz Village President, Behrendt Elected Trustee

05-05-2021Front Page
John LaCombe Selected As New Marinette Police Chief

05-05-2021Front Page
Coleman School Board Will Set Wages, Meal Prices On May 10

05-05-2021Front Page
Peshtigo Town To Establish Key Log

05-05-2021Community - Coleman
Pound Woman's Club 101 Years Celebration

05-05-2021Community - Coleman
Suring Area Rummage Sales at Town Garage, St. John's Hall

05-05-2021Community - Coleman
Municipal Court, Mobile Home Ordinance On Pound Agenda

05-05-2021Community - Coleman
Sewer Rate Increase on Coleman Utility Agenda

05-05-2021Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Board Meet May 12

05-05-2021Community - Crivitz
LNRB Meets May 12th

05-05-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Gun Show May 8th

05-05-2021Community - Wausaukee
Jaworski Makes UW-W History with Enactus Nat'l Championship

05-05-2021Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Awards Firelane, Eagle River Road Contract

05-05-2021Sports
Marine/Bulldog Golfers Continue Winning Ways

05-05-2021Sports
Area Teams Open Season With Full Slate of Games

05-05-2021Sports
Peshtigo Piles Up Early Season Wins; Stays Undefeated

05-05-2021Sports
Area Track Teams Claim Early Season Victories

05-05-2021Sports
More Officials, Better Fan Behavior Needed in High School Sports

05-05-2021Sports
"Migration Miracle" And Help Birds In Wisconsin

05-05-2021Perspectives
From My Window

05-05-2021Perspectives
From Our Readers...

05-05-2021Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-05-2021Obituaries
William C. Anderson

05-05-2021Obituaries
Jacob Todd Bartel

05-05-2021Obituaries
Milferd L. Behnke

05-05-2021Obituaries
John A. Berzsenyi

05-05-2021Obituaries
Gary M. DeCamp

05-05-2021Obituaries
Thomas J. Gucwa

05-05-2021Obituaries
Christine A. Havelka

05-05-2021Obituaries
Carrie S. Hescher

05-05-2021Obituaries
Eileen M. Hoehne

05-05-2021Obituaries
Susan Jahns

05-05-2021Obituaries
Richard J. Lahaie

05-05-2021Obituaries
Robert J. Mischker

05-05-2021Obituaries
Joseph J. Paitl

05-05-2021Obituaries
Frederick G. Polomis

05-05-2021Obituaries
Glenn E. Robinson

05-05-2021Obituaries
Michael W. Story

05-05-2021Obituaries
Craig Sulk

05-05-2021Obituaries
Sheila A. Sulk

05-05-2021Obituaries
Timothy Thomas

04-28-2021Front Page
BPM Breaks Ground on Their New Water Resource Recovery Facility

04-28-2021Front Page
County Is Still Seeking Home For Supervised Sex Offender

04-28-2021Front Page
Herman Pottratz Retires As Peshtigo Town Chair

04-28-2021
Herman Pottratz Retires As Peshtigo Town Chair

04-28-2021Front Page
County Is Still Seeking Home For Supervised Sex Offender

04-28-2021Front Page
Good Officers, Bad Drugs Cause Jail Overcrowding

04-28-2021Front Page
Deputy Haws Honored For Life Saving Actions

04-28-2021Community - Coleman
Patz Sworn in as NE Wisconsin Joint Municipal Court Judge

04-28-2021Community - Coleman
Pound Woman's Club 101 Years Celebration

04-28-2021Community - Coleman
Suring School District Lifts Mask Mandates, With Rules 3-32-2

04-28-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Veterans' Memorial Recipient of Crivitz Fund Grant

04-28-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Village Hall Now Open for Card Groups

04-28-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Gun Show May 8th

04-28-2021Community - Crivitz
Name Freitag, Stradl, Lemmer To Stephenson Plan Commission

04-28-2021Community - Crivitz
Kremsreiter Presents Art Exhibits, Discusses Impacts of Studies

04-28-2021Community - Wausaukee
Cornerstone to Join National Day of Prayer

04-28-2021Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Collected 64 Pints of Blood

04-28-2021Sports
Bulldogs/Marines Claim Early Season Victories

04-28-2021Sports
Undefeated Cougars Top M&O Boys All-Conference Hoops Roster

04-28-2021Sports
Coleman Grapplers Dominate M&O Post-Season Honors List

04-28-2021Sports
Separate Weight Classes for Girls and Boys Wrestling Established

04-28-2021Sports
STAA/Lena Open Season With Win Over Niagara

04-28-2021Perspectives
From Our Readers...

04-28-2021Perspectives
From My Window

04-28-2021Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-28-2021Obituaries
Sarah O. Ackerman

04-28-2021Obituaries
Mabel H. Bice

04-28-2021Obituaries
Bernadine V. Bohlman

04-28-2021Obituaries
Patricia A. Braley

04-28-2021Obituaries
Richard Giese

04-28-2021Obituaries
Beverly M. Goltz

04-28-2021Obituaries
Michelle L. Fugate

04-28-2021Obituaries
Alger R. Heise

04-28-2021Obituaries
Rose M. Johnson

04-28-2021Obituaries
Richard A. Johnson

04-28-2021Obituaries
Jon D. Kytta

04-28-2021Obituaries
George O. Kopczynski

04-28-2021Obituaries
Enola C. Lepianka

04-28-2021Obituaries
Beverly J. Lindquist

04-28-2021Obituaries
Randy Meno

04-28-2021Obituaries
Catherine E. Morois

04-28-2021Obituaries
Dawn M. Plude

04-28-2021Obituaries
Katherine S. Thomson

04-28-2021Obituaries
David D. Treptow

04-28-2021Obituaries
Victoria A. Verette

04-28-2021Obituaries
Daniel W. Versland

04-28-2021Obituaries
Randy R. Vollmer

04-28-2021Obituaries
Debra L. Walk

04-28-2021Obituaries
JoAnn Zelm

04-21-2021Front Page
Mayor George Bousley Retirement Marks End Of An Era For Niagara

04-21-2021Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Honors Girls Bowling Team

04-21-2021Front Page
Brigitte Schmidt Elected New City Council President

04-21-2021Front Page
Peshtigo Mayor Asks For Ok On Grant Applications

04-21-2021Front Page
Mask Mandate Ends April 26 For Coleman School District

04-21-2021Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Flags For Sale, Meet May 4

04-21-2021Community - Coleman
Coleman School Cancels Reunion for Classes 1943-65

04-21-2021Community - Coleman
Zeitler Wins United Coop Scholarship

04-21-2021Community - Coleman
Lena Lions Club Annual Fish Fry

04-21-2021Community - Coleman
Lena School Board Officers Reelected

04-21-2021Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Recount Shows No Change In Supervisor Race

04-21-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Library Book Sale Until May 13th

04-21-2021Community - Crivitz
St. Mary's, Crivitz Resumes Rummage Sale

04-21-2021Community - Crivitz
National Day of Prayer at Northwood's Church

04-21-2021Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Sportsmen Sponsor Roadside Cleanup On April 25th

04-21-2021Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions 9-Pin Bowl Results

04-21-2021Community - Wausaukee
WBA Looking for Help for July 4th Celebration

04-21-2021Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire and Rescue Report Meeting Minutes

04-21-2021Sports
Coleman/Gillett/Suring Lead Girls Basketball All-Conference Selections

04-21-2021Sports
Stephanie Hauser Becomes WIAA Executive Director

04-21-2021Sports
Individuals, Doubles Duos Compete For WIAA Alternate Season Girls Tennis Titles

04-21-2021Sports
Hunt Safely During Spring Turkey Season

04-21-2021Sports
Take Steps to Avoid Potenial Conflicts With Black Bears

04-21-2021Perspectives
From My Window

04-21-2021Perspectives
From Our Readers...

04-21-2021Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-21-2021Obituaries
James L. Asplund

04-21-2021Obituaries
Kelly A. Everson

04-21-2021Obituaries
John Gaertner

04-21-2021Obituaries
Mary J. Gollakner

04-21-2021Obituaries
Edward B. Kendziera

04-21-2021Obituaries
Judith A. Lemirande

04-21-2021Obituaries
Bernard J. Lesperance

04-21-2021Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Linsmeier

04-21-2021Obituaries
Ken L. Pickl, Sr.

04-21-2021Obituaries
Robert Poisson

04-21-2021Obituaries
William T. Porter

04-21-2021Obituaries
Mary Lee Racine

04-21-2021Obituaries
Steven D. Sebero

04-21-2021Obituaries
Ronald L. Young

04-14-2021Front Page
Peshtigo City Finances Get Good Audit Report

04-14-2021Front Page
Recount April 15 For Middle Inlet Board

04-14-2021Front Page
Officers Detonate Live Blasting Caps

04-14-2021Front Page
DNR Extends Deadline For TOP PFAS Water Sampling

04-14-2021Front Page
Marinette City Council Okays Four Capital Outlay Projects

04-14-2021Community - Coleman
Vegetable Garden Plans at Coleman

04-14-2021Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Flags For Sale, Meet May 4

04-14-2021Community - Coleman
STEF Donation

04-14-2021Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Garden Needs Help

04-14-2021Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 16th

04-14-2021Community - Crivitz
St. Mary, Crivitz Rummage Sale

04-14-2021Community - Crivitz
Near North Municipal Court Sets $75 As Monthly Membership Fee

04-14-2021Community - Wausaukee
Concert at Cornerstone Assembly

04-14-2021Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Board To Set Graduation Plans

04-14-2021Community - Wausaukee
Poppy Poster Contest Winners

04-14-2021Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Middle/High School Lists Third Quarter Honor Rolls

04-14-2021Sports
Bulldogs, Blue Devils Picked for Packerland All-Conference

04-14-2021Sports
Panthers Whiting Tops Area NEC All-Conference Selections

04-14-2021Sports
Wisconsin State Park System Spring Operations Updates


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Have you taken the time to go and enjoy the view from the Fish Viewing Platform by the Peshtigo River Dam?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2021
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites