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Iron County Board OKs borrowing

August 06, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The Iron County Board took action last Tuesday to cover child and adult placement costs throughout the county to the tune of nearly $1 million. 

The amount — which the basis has mainly raised from foster and facility care for children court-ordered to be removed from parental care and their parents, often due to addiction issues — is less than what was needed the prior year, it was noted.

The loan from Chippewa Valley Bank in Hurley is for $947,583 with an interest rate of 3.25%. More than $1.2 million was needed in 2018.

Borrowing the money based on last year’s numbers permits the county to charge some of the extra costs to taxpayers beyond the state-imposed levy cap.

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In other business, supervisors:

• Supported a resolution to go to Madison — which many counties have supported — requesting the abolishment of the levy cap. 

• OKed a vehicle use policy for county employees. 

• Approved negotiation of a contract with Saxon Harbor Boating Club to utilize their boat lift at Saxon Harbor, currently being rebuilt after storms wrecked it several years ago. 

• Approved Iron County Sheriff’s Department changing shifts from 8 to 12 hours on a trial basis. 

• Supported a proclamation for Sept. 8-14 as Suicide Prevention Week. 

The board meets again in last August. 

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