- By Dan Moris
- 23 May, 2013
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The Town of Millville in northern Grant County says it will persist in opposing more land acquisitions by the DNR in their town.
The DNR currently owns 34 percent of the town. Of that DNR-owned land, 78 percent was acquired before 1992, which State Senator Dale Schultz says makes Millville unfairly suffer from extremely low payments in lieu of taxes by the government agency.
That hurts the town’s ability to function – retain equipment, buildings, and staff.
Millville has 168 residents in 66 households.
At the May 13th town board meeting, 40 of those residents met with DNR employees to discuss a purchase of 146 acres currently being made by the DNR and the possibility of future acquisitions. An estimated 500 acres of potential future land acquisitions along the Wisconsin River-way in Millville remain.
Millville residents also contend that the DNR has not delivered on promises to develop lands in the town for “camping, hiking, ATV’s, and skiing”.