Dodge County Board Budget Talks Get Underway In Committee

(Juneau) It is budget time for Dodge County officials. County department heads presented an overview of their 2020 budget plan to the Finance Committee Wednesday night. Health and Human Services, Human Resources, Physical Facilities and Emergency Management were a few of the departments that spoke. Also presenting was the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, which is seeing a levy increase of $155-thousand-dollars from last year’s budget.

Chief Deputy Scott Mittelstadt says their patrol division saw in increase of $335-thousand-dollars with a large percentage going to purchasing needed automotive equipment. The jail saw a decrease of over $126-thousand-dollars. Mittelstadt says the sheriff’s office is anticipating an increase in jail revenues of $467-thousand-dollars over last year. He says this is based on a predicted average daily population of 160 federal inmates at a daily rate of $86 per prisoner. Mittelstadt says jail expenditures did increase by $340-thousand-dollars which was driven by three-percent jump in cost of living wages.

The $117-million-dollar document calls for a tax levy of $35.5-million which would be an increase of $1.5-million from the current budget. The proposed mill rate of $5.28 per-one-thousand-dollars of assessed value would be a 12-cent decrease from the number homeowners saw a year ago. Final budget adoption is slated for November.