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Vilas County Mulls Setting Up A Revolving Loan Fund

Feb 23, 2018
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Creating a revolving loan fund (RLF) to assist local businesses to develop, expand, or locate in Vilas County was discussed Tuesday at a joint meeting of the county finance committee and economic development committee, receiving both support and opposition, and directing more work be done on the 19 page draft proposal.

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Opposition to using county highway right-of-way for a bicycle trail in Manitowish Waters was expressed to the Vilas County highway committee this week by a group of business and property owners.

Led by Lee Stengele  they didn't want the county to approve a proposed paved bike path along Highway K to Highway J where the trail would go through their front yards. They suggested the bicycle group pay for paving a three foot shoulder on the county highway instead.

One of the people opposed to having ATV's on Vilas county trails hopes those who feel as she does attend the next Vilas county board meeting in Phelps.

In July, the Vilas county board approved changing it's management plan to allow ATV's into the plan. It was changed to no ATV's by a board in 2004 after an advisory referendum recommended no ATV's on county land. The July meeting at the Arbor Vitae town hall was attended by hundreds, including a large contingent of ATV enthusiasts.

Vilas County Passes 2014 Budget

Oct 23, 2013

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night approved a budget for 2014 that calls for a small increase in the property tax rate. Vilas county has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. The increase will amount to $8 per $100,000 of valuation. The budget is a compromise….in order to maintain a county services, provide for a number of important projects, and maintain a healthy fund balance.

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year.  Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.


 The limited term employee working in the Vilas County District Attorney’s office will be staying on the job for another six months while the office implements a paperless system.

The Vilas County board of supervisors on Tuesday approved a request by District Attorney Al Moustakis to extend the limited term employee through March, 2014.

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There were a couple of "firsts" at the Vilas County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. For the first time, their regular board meeting was held at the Arbor Vitae town hall. And for the first time, they participated in a special information gathering session.

Nancy Anne Miller, head of UW-extension in Vilas county, facilitated the process, passing the microphone from one supervisor to the next to hear their feedback on goals for upcoming budgets.

After the meeting, Jason Hilger, Vilas county finance director, said it was a worthwhile exercise:


You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.

The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.