(Juneau) The Dodge County Board Tuesday night voted down borrowing over $9-million-dollars for road repairs. The board did approve borrowing the same amount to upgrade roughly 25 miles of roadway in 2021.
County supervisors have been split over the matter. Some members believe the funds should come from in house. Others argued that the current interest rates for borrowing are lower than the rate of inflation, meaning taxpayers would be saving money over the long term.
Supervisor Jeff Caine, a member of the county’s Highway Committee, says this would be the last year they would ask to borrow for roads. He adds that they will find funding through other avenues and suggested the tax levy, sales tax, or possibly grants.
Supervisor David Guckenberger asked why the funds could not be found within the budget this year, if borrowing is no longer an option moving forward.
The vote was 23 in favor and five against, however, the resolution required three-fourths majority of the 33-member board to pass. Five supervisors were absent at last night’s meeting.