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In the four years since St. Croix County began taking real estate payments online, the amount paid that way has escalated, reports Treasurer Cheryl Slind. "It amazes me the number of people who will pay their taxes by credit card," said Slind.
As the St. Croix County Board prepares for its 2007 goal-setting session, the plan is to have fewer and more specific goals, said River Falls Supervisor Tom Caflisch. Caflisch briefed other supervisors on behalf of the Administration Committee during the January County Board meeting last week. In previous years supervisors have set as many as 15 goals.
The St. Croix County treasurer's office will act as a pilot in a project to scan and digitize records to store them and eventually make them available to the public online. The St. Croix County Finance Committee voted recently to proceed with a contract to buy software to scan and index tax records. The equipment will be purchased from Cities Digital of Hudson. Treasurer Cheryl Slind said the software scans, images and indexes documents.
Representatives of seven companies potentially interested in taking over St. Croix County's nursing home attended an information meeting this month. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson said only one business attended an earlier session. All the information requested or presented at those meetings plus other information potential applicants might want has been posted at the county's Web site, said Johnson. Proposals are due Feb. 15. In related business Tuesday, the County Board added five more members to the team that will review proposals.
A small parcel of land cut off from the "county farm" property by Highway 64 construction is worth over $1 million, an appraiser told St. Croix County Board members recently. "It's a nice piece of property. It has great visibility and good traffic control," said Jeff White, a certified real estate appraiser with Valuation Specialists of Eau Claire. White was hired to do the appraisal as part of a "plan for a plan" for the New Richmond property. He said the new parcel includes about 18.13 acres, but only 12 acres are suitable for building.
The St. Croix County Board agreed last week to put a temporary moratorium on permanent signs. The six-month moratorium regulates outdoor signs along highways in rural areas. It prohibits both on-premises and off-premises signs.
St. Croix County has begun the process of seeking proposals from businesses interested in buying or renting the county-owned nursing home or in partnering to develop a new nursing home or campus. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson reported Tuesday that the HHS Committee released a request for proposals, implementing a plan approved by the County Board in late October. The St. Croix Health Center is a 72-bed nursing home in New Richmond.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee is asking the County Board for authorization to hire a consultant to develop a process to sell land around the Government Center. In March an appraiser suggested the county divide the approximately 50 acres of excess land around the building to sell 23 acres for commercial development and 27 acres for residential use.
St. Croix County Board's Finance Committee agreed last Thursday to correct a 2007 budgeting error by using an extra $64,000 from the county's sales tax fund. When the County Board adopted the 2007 budget Oct.
On a 27-3 vote, St. Croix County supervisors agreed Tuesday to seek proposals from businesses interested in buying, leasing or partnering to run the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond. A subcommittee of Health and Human Services Board members, staff and consultants will draft the request for proposals. The RFP will be issued by Dec. 1, and responses are due Feb.