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Walworth County tax rate up 1.8 percent

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Gazette staff
November 19, 2009
— A look at the 2010 budget for Walworth County adopted by the county board Nov. 10:
At a glance

Total budget:


Next year: $155.3 million


This year: $142.6 million


Increase: 8.9%


Tax levy:


Next year: $29.08 million


This year: $27.42 million


Increase: 2.9%


Tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value:


Next year: $3.94


This year: $3.87


Increase: 1.8%


Sheriff's office: The adopted budget includes an increase of 8.2 percent from $22.2 million in 2009 to $24.1 million next year. The Walworth County Sheriff's Office is the largest item in the proposed budget because it's one of the expenditures the county has to afford on its own. The sheriff's office remains constant on the number of full-time employees at 214.9.

Additions to the sheriff's budget are mostly for information technology projects needed to process electronic evidence from seized computers and videos from surveillance cameras, officials say


Public works: The county department goes without job cuts for this year.

One janitorial and two mechanic positions were eliminated from the department's 2010 budget, but the workers kept their county employment through in-house shifting. The former janitor took an internal promotion, and two mechanics moved to different positions needed in the streets division.


The approved cut was 4.2 percent, from $3.4 million in 2009 to $3.2 million in 2010.


Children with Disabilities Education: Cut 3 percent from $8.8 million this year to $8.5 million in 2010.

About 14.4 FTEs from the county's payroll are being transferred to local school districts.


The shift doesn't mean the county will be saving that money, Instead, the 2010 budget calls for increased debt repayment on Lakeland School in Elkhorn.


The transfer in responsibility comes from a 4-year-old intergovernmental agreement between the county and the school districts. The county picked up the tab for building a new school and the districts are to slowly take on the role of paying for programming and staffing.



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