An open letter to Dunn voters Dear voters of Dunn County: It appears that we once again have a chance to elect a new sheriff for Dunn County. The primary race on the Republican side has two candidates that are seeking the chance to run against a Democrat in November. The primary for the chance for one of them to continue is on Aug. 14. It is important to get to the polls that day to vote. My vote is going to Adam Zukowski without a doubt; the person for the job of taking over the leadership
After nearly three hours of discussion Tuesday night, the Eau Claire County Board voted 20-9 to enact a $30-per-vehicle registration fee that is projected to raise $2.39 million annually for county road maintenance. “It’s a start. It gets us back on track to having roads that are viable,” Supervisor Colleen Bates said in approving the wheel tax. “We need to move ahead. These roads are not in good shape,” Supervisor Carl Anton said. Supervisor Gerald Wilkie, who
Elections nearing Wisconsin has a very important primary election Aug. 14. We all need to educate ourselves about who will be on the ballot for our local and state elected seats. This will determine who will be on the general election ballots Nov. 6. As we’ve seen in recent years, the results of the primary can be more important than the general election. This is a partisan primary. For the general election, you can vote for the person regardless of party. In the Wisconsin primary you
A proposed $30-per-vehicle registration fee that seemed to be speeding toward approval shortly after it was announced a month ago by Eau Claire County officials appears less certain amid growing questions about the measure’s fairness. In the days after the county announced a plan to implement the fee projected to raise $2.39 million annually for county road maintenance, a majority of the County Board’s 29 supervisors appeared to back the measure, saying it is necessary for
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: The cities of Eau Claire and Altoona made prudent moves this week to ask Eau Claire County to put the brakes on a proposal to implement a $30 annual vehicle registration fee to fix county roads. The county on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss the wheel tax plan that could raise an estimated $2.39 million a year to repair deteriorating roads.
ALTOONA — City Council members don’t blame Eau Claire County officials for seeking additional money to make much-needed repairs to roads, but the proposed $30-per-vehicle registration fee is costly enough to make possibly approving such a fee in Altoona difficult, they said. The council voted 5-0 Thursday to approve submitting a letter to the county seeking further discussion of the vehicle registration fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax. The County Board is
Concerned that it limits future opportunities to raise money for road repairs, Altoona city Administrator Mike Golat urged Eau Claire County leaders to consider other options than a proposed $30-per-vehicle registration fee to generate money to fix Eau Claire County roads. In a letter to county Administrator Kathryn Schauf, Golat expressed his concern about the fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax, saying if it is enacted by the county it would make it more difficult for Altoona city
Concerned that it limits future opportunities to raise money for road repairs, Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat urged Eau Claire County leaders to consider other options than a proposed $30 per-vehicle vehicle registration fee to generate money to fix Eau Claire County roads. In a letter to County Adminstrator Kathryn Schauf, Mike Golat expressed his concern
Seeking what they call a “fair share” for their constituents, Eau Claire city leaders are requesting talks with county officials over a proposed $30 annual fee on vehicles registered in the county. On Tuesday, the City Council voted 9-0 on a resolution asking for a meeting with county leaders to discuss sharing a portion of the fee, commonly called a wheel tax. “This is a time for us to advocate for our constituents here in the city,” Councilwoman Kate Beaton said.
Concerned about paying for road repairs, some Eau Claire County supervisors oppose a plan by Eau Claire City Council members to possibly share in a proposed $30-per-vehicle registration fee, saying doing so would imperil upgrades for county highways in need of fixes. Other supervisors, however, said the county should consider delaying a vote on the matter to allow for more discussion of the city’s proposal. Still others said they oppose the measure because it would be unfair