Final budget hearing Tuesday
The Monroe County School Board will hold its final budget hearing for the 2013-14 fiscal year 6 p.m. Tuesday at Marathon Middle/High School. State law requires two budget hearings, but the board provides three opportunities for the public to ask questions.
The state this year has mandated a local required effort of 1.933 mils. The discretionary millage assessed by the School Board amounts to .748. Total millage laid out in the budget amounts to 3.681 mils.
In dollar terms, it means $29.75 more will be charged over last year for the average valued home in Monroe County. The total millage assessed on such homes will be $1,366. The increased rate also factors in rising property values in the county.
Duval St. light painted black
Someone painted a city street light at 915 Duval St. black overnight Tuesday, a day after the city logged a complaint that it was too bright.
The complaint came from a man who said he was from the restaurant 915, city worker Brett Wright of Public Works told police on Wednesday, according to an incident report.
Wright didn't get a name, but said the caller had an English accent and asked if the city could paint the part of the light's lamp that faces 915, police reported.
At that time, there was no suspect, the report noted. Damage was estimated at $1,500. The restaurant didn't return a message left Friday.
Man's body found in woods
The body of a man was found at 11:30 a.m. Friday in a wooded area off Sombrero Road, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A Marathon Public Works employee, whose crew was working in the area, found the body. He said he smelled something, walked a short distance into a wooded area and found the dead man lying on his back, says the press release sent by spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin. It appeared to be a white man who may have died several weeks ago.
Detectives think they know who it was, but the Medical Examiner will have to confirm it.
Investigations into death continue.