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Brokaw meets with Marathon County committee about financial struggles

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- The Village of Brokaw is in trouble. That's because it's in deep financial debt.

Marathon County's Education and Economic Development Committee met Tuesday night with the Brokaw Village Board to discuss what to do next.

Brokaw's attorney, Dean Dietrich, said the village is "struggling with meeting its commitments."

He spent time clarifying which options are realistic and which aren't.

He says the village is more than $3 million in debt but Wisconsin law won't allow for bankruptcy. He added that Wausau absorbing Brokaw is impossible for geographic reasons.

For now, the option that seems most likely among county and village leaders is hiring a consulting firm to conduct a study.

"The desire was to have a discussion about proceeding with a legitimate study that would show what are the different options available to the Village of Brokaw, the surrounding townships and really how do we move forward," Dietrich said.

The county administrator says that a study would take about six months.

Seeking help from the state and even federal levels also came up at the meeting. County officials say they would be more likely to get that help if they could provide hard data from a study.

The County Finance Committee will talk more about the idea of a study, and who would pay for it, at their June 23 meeting.
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