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Repeal of sales tax provision sought

Marinette County panel wants sunset aspect stopped

By TIM GREENWOOD EagleHerald staff writer

MARINETTE — Marinette County’s half-percent sales tax will not expire at the end of 2021, as scheduled, and continue indefinitely if the County Board of Supervisors follows the advice of its Finance Committee.  The committee voted 4-0 on

Monday to recommend to the county board the repeal of the sunset provision of the ordinance that established the sales tax that took effect on Oct. 1 of 2001 and called for it to end on Dec. 31 of 2021. It also recommended by a 4-0 vote the removal of the referral to fiscal year  2016 in the “purpose” portion of the ordinance and that it continue to say “the county

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sales and use tax imposed herein shall be used to reduce the annual property tax levy of of Marinette County by paying the annual debt service obligation and shall additionally be used for funding capital outlay and/or economic development and tourism expenditures. Those recommendations, along with a plan by County Administrator Shawn Henessee to eliminate the county’s debt by

2029, will be acted on by the entire county board next Tuesday. “The sunset provision is 4 1/2 years from now but it would help (by making a decision now) with long-range budget projections,” said Supervisor Don Pazynski, a member of the committee. “(Shawn) express the importance of doing it right now because we could be subject to criticism.” Henessee said if “the decision

is made to continue to allow the sales tax to sunset we’re going to have to start preparing for that now.” “We’re talking about a $3 1/2 to $4 million hit to the budget effective in 2022,” he said. “So the longer you know about that the more time you have to start preparing for that. “Or vice versa. If the decision is made to continue the sales tax, you can start preparing for what you are going to use the sales tax afterwards.” See SALES TAX, A3

■ Mari Negro’s last day will be Oct. 31 By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director

MENOMINEE — Mari Negro, contracted assessor for the city of Menominee for the past 11 months, has resigned from the position effective Oct. 31. City Attorney/Interim Manager Rob Jamo confirmed Monday that Negro sent him a letter last week resigning from her position. According to Jamo, the resignation is for “personal reasons.” Jamo sent letters to council members, according to William Plemel, chairman of the Judicial “I voted against and Legislative/ Personnel and her (in the beginLabor Committee, ning) and I voted who received his against renewing Saturday.  “I emailed him her contract.” and called him,” Plemel told the William Plemel EagleHerald, referabout assessor Mari Negro ring to Jamo. Plemel requested that the subject of Negro’s resignation and filling the assessor position be put on the agenda for the JLPL Committee meeting scheduled for 4:40 today at city hall. As of 2 p.m. Monday, Plemel said he still had not heard back from Jamo, but Jamo told the EagleHerald that he anticipated the item to be discussed at the meeting today. Negro was hired by the city in October 2015, months after another interim assessor quit. Her contract was renewed recently, on a 6-2 council vote, for a one-year period beginning July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017. “I voted against her (in the beginning) and I voted against renewing her contract,” Plemel said Monday. He said he had questions about Negro’s ability to handle the city’s tax problems after the 2015 tax roll was seized by the State of Michigan and questions that had come up about the 2016 assessments. Plemel said he would like to see the city hire an independent assessing firm to handle the assessor responsibilities in the future. The City of Menominee’s 2015 tax roll was seized


Clinton says she’s feeling fine By LISA LERER Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday that she’s feeling better since falling ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, but she never lost consciousness and didn’t think her pneumonia diagnosis was significant enough to disclose beforehand. “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” she said of the pneumonia diagnosis she received Friday.


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Peshtigo sets meeting on renovations By CHELSEA EWALDT EagleHerald staff writer

PESHTIGO — Superintendent Kim Eparvier announced the Peshtigo School Board will be holding a meeting next week regarding options for renovations and additions to the middle-high school during Monday night’s meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the music room of the Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center (341 N. Emery Ave.). “We’ll be laying out a potential option for renovations and addi-


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Kindergarten student Skyler Powell swings during recess Friday at the Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center in Marinette.

She told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that despite doctor’s orders to rest for five days, she thought she could “just keep going forward and power through it and that didn’t work out so well.” Clinton abruptly left the ceremony and appeared to stumble while she was waiting for her motorcade. Asked whether she fainted, Clinton replied: “No, I didn’t. I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute. But I got in, once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I got some water, I immediately started feeling better.” Clinton’s evening interview, in which she promised to release more information at some point, came as her campaign scrambled to head off lasting damage from a difficult weekend. Aides are promising to release more of her medical records following her bout of pneumonia and conceding they were too slow in providing information about her condition. An outbreak of respiratory illness


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tions to the existing site,” he said. “We will also talk about some of the parameters necessary to make that a viable option or to potentially eliminate.” The possibility of a third referendum is to premature to discuss, Eparvier explained. “Ultimately the board of education will have to look at all potential options,” he said. “I think between now and another referendum; the board may want to contemplate sending out questionnaires to the community and try to zero in on their thought process about any potential options that may exist for the facility.”  The board also discussed

and approved its goals. According to Eparvier, the administrative team met and reviewed the board’s goals from the last school year. “We talked about how those goals really ran parallel with some of the priorities within the buildings,” he said. “The administrative team really brought their recommendations to the board of education relative to this year’s goals.” The board goals include: ■ To commit the resources and professional development needed to establish an effective process to address student learning targets and goals through differentiated

instruction. ■ To educate and communicate to the general citizenry regarding the immediate and long-term facility needs associated with the middle-high school programming along with the costs, the pros, and the cons of identified options. ■ Use a multimedia approach to increase communication between the public, the board of education, administration, students and staff of the two buildings. ■ To commit the resources and professional development needed to maximize the See PESHTIGO, A3

Trump showing remarkable restraint

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press

The Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks from her daughter’s apartment building Sunday in New York. Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling “overheated,” according to her campaign. On Monday, she said she’s doing fine after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

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WASHINGTON — For nearly 24 hours, Donald Trump was quiet. As Hillary Clinton waded through the most perilous stretch of her campaign to date, the GOP presidential nominee held his tongue, allowing amateur footage of his foe stumbling after falling ill to play over and over on TV without his commentary. The episode underscored a new political reality: After more than a year of off-thecuff comments and chaotic

cleanup, Trump’s campaign seems to have found its footing. Over the past four weeks, with a new leadership team in place, Trump has largely done away with his free-wheeling rallies, replacing them with teleprompter-guided speeches. While he is by no means a typical candidate — he derisively referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” and questioned the integrity of the FBI and Department of Justice during a morning show call-in on Monday — he has nonetheless refined



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