Saturday, July 22nd

Local

In late December, I went to my mailbox and was quite surprised at what I found.

In the mail was my property tax statement. I expected a slight increase from the previous year because of the Melrose-Mindoro school referendum, but what I received was beyond shocking.

We were told by school administration is that our taxes would go up $222 per $100,000 of property value. Mine is closer to $500, which is more than double what they had said, and my property is valued extremely close to $100,000.

I wondered if it was a mistake, or I had been mistaken in what I heard and read. Later, I was told they had forgotten to tell us that there would be another $73 added on for Fund 10, which is their General Fund.

“GOOD NEWS” read the text with a short article about how our pension funds grew 8.5%. My friend forwarded the article with a cryptic note, “apparently the lies keep working.”

In what seems to me to be an effort to get ahead of a bad story, the agency responsible for investing almost $100 billion in pension funds – the largest single pot of money anywhere in state government—issued a press release touting an 8.5% increase in its core fund.

As radio commentator Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the rest of the story.

Yes, things are better in 2016. However, in 2015, the state pension funds lost money. An increase over a loss is good but not nearly as good as continual year-to-year growth.

Say it isn’t so! No Packers in the Super Bowl. You know, the way they rallied and ran the table to get this far, I had hoped it would happen. Oh well, like Packer fans everywhere, I am saying, “Just wait until next year.”

Only in Wisconsin can you be practically paralyzed for a couple of days after an ice storm, balmy—well, for this time of year anyway—temperatures teasing us a few days later and then three days of fog warnings. You know there is more winter ahead but take heart in the first signs of spring: seed catalogs in the mail. Thanks to the people continuing to send me cheerful messages to make me smile and appreciate your sense of humor. Like “Whoever said ‘Do the job right the first time and you will never have to do it again’ has never shoveled snow in Wisconsin.

The Eleva-Strum Cardinals (9-4) and the Blair-Taylor Wildcats (3-6) faced off last Monday evening in a conference tilt. The Cardinals would come out on top over the Wildcats in a very close game as the Wildcats kept tight throughout.

“We played well tonight against a very good team,” Blair-Taylor coach Randy Storlie said. “They had a lot more experience and physical size, but our guys kept playing, I’m proud of them.”

The Wildcats played well in every way except on the 3-point line., the Cardinals would connect on 9 of 15 attempts while Blair-Taylor would make only 1 of 11 attempts.

“We just can not get out scored by 24 points and expect to beat a solid team like they have.

A Ho-Chunk casino expansion in northern Wisconsin would draw $37 million in gambling revenue per year from other tribes, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the tribe that would take the biggest hit.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians stands to lose $22 million, or about 37 percent of its gambling revenue, at its North Star Mohican Casino and Resort in Bowler, according to the study by Chicago-based Market & Feasibility Advisers.

The Stockbridge-Munsee casino is about 17 miles east of the Ho-Chunk Wittenberg facility, which broke ground on a $33 million expansion that will increase the number of slot machines from 506 to 778, while adding an area with high-limit gaming and 10 table games, and constructing an 86-room hotel and 84-seat restaurant and bar.