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Funding for more radio towers in Monroe Co. an issue

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – How to fund eight new radio towers in Monroe County remains an issue.

Wednesday night, the Monroe County Board asked the Finance Committee to consider a different option on how they want to fund the $3.8 million dollar project.

Originally the Finance Committee was proposing a plan that would make tax payers help pay for the project over the next three years. But the Monroe County Board is recommending the Committee bond the project instead. This would allow tax payers to pay the $3.8 million over a 10 to 12 year period.

Monroe County needs more radio towers to improve communication with dispatchers during emergency situations. Counties surrounding Sparta have between six and ten full towers, Monroe County only has one.

The Finance Committee is expected to present a new funding proposal to the Monroe County Board at their annual meeting in June.

Monroe County is also in the process of building a new Justice Center. They broke ground on the $33 million dollar project on Wednesday.

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