10/18/17 – The full Dodge County Board was presented with the 2018 budget last night. The $111-million-dollar document has a $142-thousand dollar decrease in expenditures from the current budget. The tax levy of just over $33.8-million dollars is up $560-thousand from the current year. The proposed mill rate of $5.50 would be 13-cents less than the number homeowners saw last December. The budget includes $4.7-million dollars in sales tax revenue projections from the county’s half percent sales tax, of which one-million dollars will be used for highway and bridge projects. Debt service payments total $3.5-million dollars. Highway projects include the final phase of the reconstruction of County Highway C between Fox Lake and Highway 151 and a cooperative effort with Fond du Lac, Columbia and Green Lake counties for the resurfacing of County Highway AW from the Waupun city limits westward to State Highway 73. Capital expenditures include a planned transition to an on-line reservation system for the Parks Department and vehicle replacements in Parks and Emergency Management operations. The budget also contains funding for a back-up emergency generator for the Mayville Highway Shop. County Administrator Jim Mielke says the proposed budget (quote) “builds upon the long-standing tradition of Dodge County government providing high quality programs and services to meet the needs of county residents.” Final adoption is slated for November 14.