Florence County sets salaries for elected officials

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Board earlier this week set annual compensation for three elected officials through 2024.

The board voted unanimously to pay the treasurer and register of deeds, $45,135.18 in 2021, $46,037.88 in 2022, $46,958.64 in 2023 and $47,897.81 in 2024; and the county clerk $54,055.84 in 2021, $55,136.96 in 2022, $56,239.70 in 2023 and $57,364.49 in 2024.

Other resolutions approved Tuesday included:

— Gave county officials the ability to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for any financial aid available for maintaining, acquiring, insuring and developing land for snowmobiles, motorized recreation and other outdoor recreation uses. This is done annually, as the county regularly seeks grant funds for grooming and other maintenance on snowmobile and ATV trails, said Patrick Smith, Forestry and Parks Department administrator. The board still has final say over how any funding obtained is spent, he added.

— Also authorized county officials to seek assistance from the Wisconsin Waterways Commission for developing water-related projects for recreational boating and other uses. Again, this is routine, Smith said. The county has applied for such funds in the past, but have no plans now in the works, he said.

— Finally, authorized continuing to seek state DNR Wildlife Habitat Partnership cost-share grants for county fish and game projects.

— Requested the DNR keep wolf population goal at 350 or less for the next Wisconsin Wolf Plan, plus not relocate wolves that have caused problems in the state.

— Petitioned the DNR to share among all counties the additional $3 million being earmarked for snowmobile trail improvements and maintenance. Florence County has more than 150 miles of snowmobile trails.


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