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Public Q and A

May 29.2015

Public Questions & Answers

The goal of WORVPI’s Public Information Campaign (PIC) is simple, to provide accurate and truthful information to concerned and interested members of the public.

Questions regarding specific details of our Park Project should be mailed or emailed to:

WORVPI, Attn: Public Q&A, P.O. Box 321, Crandon, WI, 54520

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All questions must include your first and last name, mailing address and telephone number. WORVPI will attempt to answer all questions submitted. Questions become the property of WORVPI.

 

Question 1): Why should Forest County property tax dollars be used to fund the purchase and development of the Park?     From Barbara M – Laona, WI (May 15, 2015)

FACT: The funding sources being suggested are from state funding programs and not from Forest County residents. In fact, the primary funding mechanism (Forest Stewardship Program) is already used by Forest County. The Park Project is simply encouraging the County to take fuller advantage of this program. The Stewardship Program is not a conventional mortgage program. Stewardship enables the County to purchase forest land and later use timber harvest revenues to repay the purchase. The debt repayment (20% of the harvest) is delayed until the timber is harvested and sold. Park proceeds are projected to allow the Park to contribute annual tax relief to Forest County property tax payers far in excess of that 20%.

 

Question 2): I don't think the county board should be making the final decision on this. I think the people they represent need to vote and that should be the final decision. Why not let county residents vote on the project to decide?   From Sandy C – Crandon, WI (May 29, 2015)

FACT: Representative democracy is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy. Simply put, a representative democracy is a system of government in which all eligible citizens vote on representatives to pass laws for them. It’s the system of democracy we have here in the US.

WORVPI supports the Forest County Board of Supervisors and recognizes the high amount of skill and integrity that each of these elected representatives has given to the residents which they represent. They have done a fine job leading their county through tough financial times. Unlike Cindy, we don’t believe that a basic over-throw of our entire system of government is the answer to challenges being faced in society today.

We encourage all concerned citizens (local residents as well as non-residents) to comment on the issue at hand: Should the Forest County 15 Year Comprehensive Forest Management Plan be amended to allow for a multiple revenue stream to be generated from their forests?

Currently, Forest County forests generate just over $10 per acre annually from timber (the only allowed source of revenue). The Park Plan which we have proposed will allow for the county to earn well over 10 times that amount annually.

An amendment to the forestry plan would not commit Forest County to Park development. It will simply require the Wisconsin DNR to determine if Forest County could expand the uses of their forests and remain eligible for DNR funds which are already extensively used in county operations.

Budgets are tight everywhere. We believe that ours is a valid plan which deserves to be explored further.

May 15 2015

Public Questions & Answers

The goal of WORVPI’s Public Information Campaign (PIC) is simple, to provide accurate and truthful information to concerned and interested members of the public.

Questions regarding specific details of our Park Project should be mailed or emailed to:

WORVPI, Attn: Public Q&A, P.O. Box 321, Crandon, WI, 54520

or, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All questions must include your first and last name, mailing address and telephone number. WORVPI will attempt to answer all questions submitted. Questions become the property of WORVPI.

 

Question 1): Why should Forest County property tax dollars be used to fund the purchase and development of the Park?     From Barbara M – Laona, WI

FACT: The funding sources being suggested are from state funding programs and not from Forest County residents. In fact, the primary funding mechanism (Forest Stewardship Program) is already used by Forest County. The Park Project is simply encouraging the County to take fuller advantage of this program. The Stewardship Program is not a conventional mortgage program. Stewardship enables the County to purchase forest land and later use timber harvest revenues to repay the purchase. The debt repayment (20% of the harvest) is delayed until the timber is harvested and sold. Park proceeds are projected to allow the Park to contribute annual tax relief to Forest County property tax payers far in excess of that 20%.