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Jefferson County budget approved

November 16, 2018

JEFFERSON -- After much, yearlong preparation, then meetings with department heads, the Jefferson County Finance Committee on Tuesday evening saw the county budget, tax levy and tax rate approved for 2019

The final ratification came from the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors during its regular session for November Tuesday.

Jefferson county’s 2019 tax rate is expected to be down about 16 cents per $1,000 equalized valuation from this year’s rate, according to county officials. The tax levy is $28,499,733. This adds up to an overall rate of $3.991 per $1,000 of equalized property value.

The board approved the figures unanimously.

Among three supervisors’ amendments to the budget that were successful was one from Watertown’s Dwayne Morris that will allow for a part-time jail kitchen cook at a cost of about $10,000 annually. An amendment offered by John Kannard to place County Highway E roadwork ahead of work to be done on County Highway CI failed.

The executive committee brought before the board an ordinance asking for approval of broadband network projects. This was sent back to the committee level for further review.

The highway committee presented a resolution calling for the purchase of salt brine blending equipment and additional salt brine storage for the Lake Mills, Concord and Jefferson satellite highway shops. This was approved.

Another large matter to come before the board Tuesday involved the county entering into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with Waukesha County for the services of a University of Wisconsin Extension community development outreach specialist/natural resources educator. The board unanimously approved this agreement. It will cost the county $25,000 in its first year of a trial run. The job description of the position closely resembles that of Steve Grabow, who retired from the UW-Extension in 2016.

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