Right now there's a lot of talk about the Humane Society of Marathon County and there are a lot of emotions causing hot tempers on both sides. HSMC has asked the county for more money to cover operating costs. The simple answer is no because there is no more money. Even if the county were to raise taxes to the max (and there is a max) they still couldn't afford to give the humane society what they're asking.
The county has organized a task force to negotiate with the humane society and help find solutions that will be best for the residents of Marathon County.
You may remember when the employees and board members of HSMC were trying to get their new building they did a ton of fundraising. They went out and got corporate donors to help and had the building paid for before they broke ground.
In 2006 former WDEZ morning show cohost Lee Peek and I put our own sweat into raising funds for the building by doing a 2 day fundraising drive called Caged for Critters. In 2006 we did it at the Cedar Creek Mall and we literally spent all day and all but 2 hours of the night and all the next day broadcasting from a cage and raised around $9000. The following year we did it again, but cut out the overnight and we had great success again. The picture above is from Caged for Critters in 2007.
Once the new building was paid for the fundraising didn't stop and that money raised was put into an account to cover emergencies. They were in a pretty good position when Judy Lombard left HSMC.
Lee Peek is now on the county board and on the task force I mentioned. He is an animal lover, you may remember Tanner the trash diggin' dog, and personally invested a lot of time and effort into the humane society. He has been villianized in this situation. The reality is that he doesn't have the luxury of an opinion. He and the rest of the county board members have to look at the facts and they need to decide what's best for the taxpayers.
Judy Lombard, former Humane Society Manager, wrote an interesting editorial in today's Wausau Daily Herald. Take a moment to read the comments too. We'd love to hear your opinion so comment at the bottom of this post as well.