Dodge County Executive Committee Hammering Out Possible Rule Changes

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee discussed possible changes to the rules that govern the county board Monday. Last month, Supervisor Joseph Marsik brought forth a measure that would require any written amendments to the annual budget be submitted to the county board at least 14 calendar days before the board votes on the document at their November meeting. The rule addition also cited that amendments could still be brought forth during the November meeting but would require a two-thirds majority to pass.

Marsik says he softened the word “require” to “encouraged” and removed the two-thirds majority vote following feedback he received. He says the goal is to make an informed decision while voting on amendment changes to the budget. Marsik says his change would ask those making amendments to send them to the county clerk who would in turn send it to the board and affected department.

The executive committee also discussed an addition that would require all communication between board members during meetings be conducted verbally. Supervisor Kira Sheahan-Malloy says she has some concerns including that, as currently written, could be in violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act. She says if someone asks a question during a presentation and the person answers so they can continue listening that is not a violation of any law. County Board Chairman Russ Kottke says if a comment is important enough to be said to another person it should be important enough to bring to the board floor. Kottke says other board members have brought this issue up and want to see it end.

The county board is expected to vote on the rule change during their meeting in March.