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County board clashes over proposed HR merger with Wausau

The Seal of Marathon County.
The Seal of Marathon County.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Marathon County supervisors clashed Wednesday night over a controversial proposed merger between the county and Wausau's HR departments.

The measure stalled out in committee back in April, but Board supervisor Joanne Leonard said it was an important enough matter to bring back to the board. “I've heard a lot of concerns about this from citizens. They want us to be efficient.” Leonard says the county would be able to save $8,000 dollars the first year the plan is implemented, and the fund savings would build from there.

Opponents of the bill raised a number of concerns in a long debate. Supervisor Bettye Nall worried that the make up of the joint committee placed both Wausau and the County on even ground despite the fact that the county would represent two-thirds of the proposed staff. Other concerns ranged from the amount of time spent between the county and the city concerns, why this offer wasn't made to other municipalities, and worries that the urban areas of the county were being over represented.

A vote on the merger will come at the Tuesday meeting of the county board.