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Opposition to more taxes tops Leader stories of 2017


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Jerry Strickland encourages the Shawano Common Council to cut spending rather than adopt a 60-cent per $1,000 increase in the tax rate at a November budget hearing at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Taxes and public opposition to increasing them lead off this year’s Top 10 stories of 2017, though that opposition didn’t extend to improving the city’s park system, which saw overwhelming approval. The year was also marked by the loss of a renowned community leader and the closure of a longtime business, as well as some stories, as chosen by the Leader staff, that will bring changes for 2018.

1 Shawano wheel tax fails, tax rate spike remains in budget

Shawano city officials ditched a proposed wheel tax in November after hearing from an angry contingent of citizens opposed to it, but a spike in the city’s tax rate that also roiled residents remained in place.

The city approved a tax levy hike of 5.8 percent, from $4.7 million to $5 million, pushing the city’s tax rate up from $9.29 per $1,000 of assessed value to $9.89 per $1,000, the biggest increase in city taxes in years.

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30
Dec

Shawano County not swept up in pre-pay property tax panic

A change in federal tax law that limits the deductibility of local property taxes has spurred residents in a number of states, including Wisconsin, to make a last-minute rush to pre-pay next year’s property taxes and avoid the deductibility cap.

In Wisconsin, however, the effort is wasted as Wisconsin property owners are not allowed to pre-pay their estimated property taxes a year ahead of time.

Also, according to the IRS, those who do pay early are likely to be hit with the same deductibility limit anyway when they file their tax returns next year.

While many in Wisconsin flocked to their local government offices to pre-pay property taxes this week, the same kind of year-end panic has apparently not gripped Shawano County.

Shawano County Treasurer Deb Wallace said there have been “a few questions here” about the tax law change, but not the kind of rush and lines of people wanting to pre-pay that have been seen elsewhere.

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Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 28

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Probation Violation — Police investigated a complaint of a probation and parole violation in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 28

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on Main Street in Bowler.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a credit card fraud complaint on County Road D in the town of Pella.

Warrant — A 51-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Broadway Road in the town of Hartland.

Disturbance — A disturbance between two inmates was reported at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Accidents — Authorities logged seven accidents, including one deer-related crash.

Fri
29
Dec

Bonduel principal seeks new license after DPI denial notice

Bonduel Elementary Principal Brad Grayvold has applied for a new license from the state that would allow him to keep his job with the district, a week after the Department of Public Instruction sent notice that it was denying the education and administrator license granted to him a year ago.

According to the DPI, Grayvold failed to disclose a plea of guilty or no contest to domestic violence that followed a physical confrontation with his wife at Norway School in Norway, Michigan, in August 2010. The plea was part of a deferred prosecution agreement.

Grayvold notified the Michigan Department of Education of the plea when it occurred, but left it off of his Wisconsin DPI application.

Grayvold originally applied for a Wisconsin license with the DPI in January. The license was granted in February.

Fri
29
Dec

Ish seller sentenced to 2 years in prison

A Neopit woman who bought synthetic marijuana in Milwaukee and sold it on the Menominee Indian Reservation was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to two years in prison followed by three years supervised release.

Shelia R. Madosh, 52, was indicted for possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and possessing a firearm in the commission of a drug offense after authorities search her White Avenue residence in April.

According to court documents:

Investigators seized 10.5 ounces of a synthetic cannabinoid known as Ish, $4,191 in cash, and a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun on April 21.

Madosh told arresting agents that she and three others traveled to a Food Town store in Milwaukee to buy synthetic drugs for resale to people in Neopit.

She would return to her house, repackage the synthetic pot in smaller quantities and sell it for $20 per bag.

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29
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 27

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Fire Call — Police and firefighters responded to a fire call at St. James Day Care, 244 S. Main St. It turned out to be burnt toast.

Fraud — A telephone scam complaint was reported in the 800 block of South Evergreen Street.

Vandalism — A house was reported egged in the 900 block of South Lafayette Street.

Vandalism — A truck was reported egged in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 27

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on Frailing Road in the town of Wescott.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Pine Ridge Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Thu
28
Dec

Foxconn, explosion, top state stories of 2017

Foxconn’s arrival. A fatal explosion. A late state budget. Sexual misconduct in the Legislature.

Wisconsin saw another tumultuous year in 2017. Here’s a look at the biggest stories in the state over the last 12 months:

WELCOME TO WISCONSIN, FOXCONN: Gov. Scott Walker announced in July that Foxconn Technology Group was considering building a massive, $10 billion flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin that could employ as many as 13,000 people. Republican lawmakers in September approved spending up to $3 billion to lure the Taiwanese electronics giant to the state. The legislation was the biggest incentive package ever from any state to a foreign company and was 10 times bigger than anything Wisconsin has extended to a business.

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28
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 26

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 400 block of Fairview Way.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 100 block of Military Road.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint in the 100 block of Alpine Drive.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 26

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 22-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Lake Drive in the town of Washington.

Fire — Authorities responded to a chimney fire on Main Street in Bowler.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Rosenow Lane in the town of Morris.

Wed
27
Dec

Keshena woman gets time served for taking car

A Keshena woman who took a car and drove it from the Menominee Indian Reservation to New York City was sentenced Friday in federal court to 59 days in jail, the amount of time she spent in custody after her arrest.

Danielle R. Kaquatosh, 34, faced a statutory maximum of five years in prison after taking a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am on Sept. 17. Instead, she was sentenced from the advisory sentencing guidelines, which have far less severe maximum penalties.

After sentencing Kaquatosh to time served, District Judge William Griesbach put her on two years supervised release.

According to court documents:

A man identified by the initials T.H. told a Menominee County sheriff’s deputy on Sept. 23 he had heard that Kaquatosh had taken a vehicle he had borrowed from his boss and was driving it.

The deputy confirmed with the vehicle’s owner that Kaquatosh did not have his consent to take and drive the vehicle, only T.H.

Wed
27
Dec

Harley-Davidson wants to teach more to ride

Harley-Davidson is placing a renewed emphasis on teaching people to ride as part of its efforts to attract more customers.

The Milwaukee-based company’s decision to expand the number of dealerships with a Harley “Riding Academy” comes as the industry grapples with years of declining sales and an aging customer base.

The program launched in 2000 with about 50 locations, and now 245 dealerships in the U.S. offer the three- or four-day course. The company says about a quarter of those launched since 2014.

Harley sold 124,777 new motorcycles through nine months in 2017, down from 135,581 during the same period the previous year, according to the company’s most recent earnings report.

The Motorcycle Industry Council says the median age of motorcycle owners increased from 32 to 47 since 1990. About 46 percent of riders are over 50; only about 10 percent are 30-34.

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