When the Plum Lake Town Board meets next, one of the items on the agenda will be how to fund the position of deputy clerk/treasurer.
Whether or not the town should have a deputy clerk/treasurer isn’t a new issue, but town clerk Sharon Brooker recently appointed Eric Janssen to the position.
Janssen is the son of St. Germain treasurer Marion Janssen.
Brooker has said in recent Plum Lake town board meetings in addition to assisting her in Plum Lake, Janssen has assisted his mother with treasurer duties in St. Germain as well.
Town chairman Dianne Briggs agrees that under the circumstances, a deputy treasurer is needed because of the unfamiliarity with accounting skills needed to conduct the business of a deputy town treasurer.
“We’ve got to have the funding of that (deputy treasurer position) on the agenda, sure,” Briggs said. “The money has not been set aside for that because at the time of the budget meeting Nov. 19, there was no money set aside for that position. The money is in the budget somewhere. We just need to move some things around.”
She estimated the amount needed to pay the deputy treasurer to be in the $600 per month range.
“That’s the smart thing,” Briggs said. “Take a look at your budget and see where you can move things around and get it done.”
Room tax revenue a possibility?
Briggs said one way to pay the deputy treasurer’s salary suggested to her has been to use revenue the town would make from a recently-enacted room tax ordinance for the Plum Lake area.
However, that’s something that, by law, would be prohibited because room tax revenue isn’t to be used for anything not tourism-oriented.
The town board in just the last several weeks has taken action to officially establish a room tax for the Plum Lake area.
Even if that money could be used, Briggs said at this point, what that revenue would be for the town is unknown.
“I think we have to run a year and see what we’ve got to begin with,” she said.
The Plum Lake town board’s regular meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the town hall in Sayner.
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