Portage County Executive Vetoes Funding for Nelsonville Monitoring Wells

Portage County Executive Vetoes Funding for Nelsonville Monitoring Wells

Nelsonville residents finally got the news they’ve been waiting for when the Portage County Board narrowly approved an amendment on November 3 by a vote of 13-11 to use $240,000 in capital funds to install water monitoring wells. as one more step in his ongoing battle to tackle high nitrate levels in the small town of about 150 people, located about 20 minutes east of Stevens Point.

Four days later they learned that Portage County Executive John Pavelski had used his veto power to stop the board’s decision.

Pavelski said in a news release, “Capital improvement projects are designed to fund projects that benefit the county as a whole, for all citizens who are affected and/or have access to what those funds are used for. If we open this Pandora’s box of county funds, we could have other municipalities, areas or groups within the county that also request funds for their projects”.

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