Wausau Paper's Brokaw mill, photographed, Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Dan Young/Wausau Daily Herald
EDITOR: As a Brokaw resident, I can't understand why Village President Jeffrey Weisenberger wants to "save the village" rather than consider a merger with Wausau, as a Wausau City Council member has suggested. The village died with the Wausau Paper mill and very well could have been dead prior to the mill's closing.
With high water rates and very high taxes, one could say the village killed the village.
There are many wonderful families living in Brokaw. When will Weisenberger and the Board learn it is the residents they serve, not the name "Brokaw"?
It saddens me to see Wausau reach out and try to assist with the many problems the village has, only to be shunned and pushed away. Both Wausau and Brokaw would win by combining.
The problems in the village are simple. It is too expensive to run the village and the water district. There simply isn't enough revenue from the current taxpayers to make up for the lost water and tax revenue the mill generated.
In the last election, Weisenberger stated in a letter to residents that they are looking into ways to lower the water rates. Yet so far they don't have any answers, and it seems likely that they'll raise the water rate and blame it on the Public Service Commission.
Weisenberger sells the residents on the hope of the village surviving; he just needs time to turn it around. All you need to do is look at the numbers, which are available to the public, and you'll see this is a load of pulp.
In the meantime, families suffer to pay rising bills and the village seeks to survive for another year. It's time for the residents of Brokaw and Wausau to go to the meetings and demand leadership and honesty from Weisenberger and the Board.