County Board Says Yes And No To Powerline Fund Requests 10/31/18
The Taylor County Board spent a good deal of time discussing the merits of requests for funding of various projects. After the talking and multiple votes, the ball diamond projects lost out while other projects prevailed. Four ballparks asked for funding including Jaycee Field in Medford, Tannery Creek Parkway in Rib Lake, Whittlesey Baseball Association, and the Westboro Ball Club each sought varying amounts originally but were approved for $5,000 each by the county finance committee. However the full county board was split with 10 supervisors voting yes and 7 voting no. The requests failed because a 2/3 approval is required in order to receive Powerline Fund requests.
Other projects fared better with the Western Taylor County Library in Gilman receiving a unanimous approval for $5,000. The second project approved was the Pine Line resurfacing project receiving $5,000 on a 13 to 4 vote. Lastly, the Wild Wild Westboro group received unanimous approval for $5,000 to help pay for a new playground.
A measure to use Powerline Impact funds to help fund loans for replacing failing residential septic systems in the county was tabled. It was noted that Taylor County has about 6,700 septic systems with an estimated 1/3 of these existing systems in need of replacement. Prior to committing Powerline Funds to a revolving loan fund to help finance septic systems, the board wanted more definitive directions as to how the program would be administered. The measure was tabled and the Zoning and Finance departments were directed to begin the process of establishing suggestions for the possible administration of a county revolving loan fund to aid in replacing failing septic systems.
The Taylor County Powerline Impact Fund currently has a balance of about $565,000.