Dodge County 2021 Budget Beginning To Take Shape

(Juneau) We are starting to get a clearer picture of the 2021 Dodge County budget. During a Finance Committee meeting this week, the proposed tax levy for next year’s document was presented. The $36-million-dollars would be a jump of roughly $1.4-million from the 2020 tax levy. The preliminary mill rate for next year could vary depending on highway road construction projects. If the county board approves borrowing roughly $9-million-dollars for road work in 2021, taxpayers could pay $5.11 per one-thousand-dollars of assessed value. If borrowing is not approved, the mill rate could be $4.98. The current tax rate is $5.14. Department budgets are also starting to take shape. The preliminary budget for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is $11.8-million-dollars for 2021. An increase of $259-thousand from last year. Health and Human Services is $8.3-million, up just over 37-hundred-dollars. The Highway Department’s proposed budget is $7-million dollars, no change from a year ago. The third highest budget is Physical Facilities at $3.1-million-dollars while Information Technology is close behind at $2.3-million. A budget workshop with county supervisors is scheduled for September 28th. Final budget adoption is slated for November.