Iron County Board OKs borrowing
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.
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.