Beloit taxpayers should be outraged at the appointment of Laura Pigatti Williamson as the new Public Works Director.
Not only does she not live in Beloit, she doesn't even live in the state of Wisconsin. This is worse than the possibility of FoxConn hiring mostly Illinois residents and getting tax breaks from Wisconsin because this is definite. So $120,000 of Beloit and Wisconsin taxpayers' money is going into Illinois to pay their state income taxes, property taxes, and she likely will shop close to home.
What makes Beloit worthy of a $120,000 public works director in the first place? According to https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Public_Works_Director/Salary the salary range is from $39k-124k. Why is a city of less than forty thousand residents paying the top of the scale for a public works director? The national average salary for this job is $69,000; a number more in line with what Beloit should be paying if not less.
Now we know where our increases on sewer, water and trash in the last two years are going.