(Juneau) Dodge County taxpayers still have a few more days to fill out a survey on the amount of money they would like to see spent repairing county roads. An online survey is available for citizens to provide feedback to county officials who say with interest rates where they are currently, now is the best time to borrow. Municipalities can exceed state imposed revenue limits when bonding for roadways work. Highway Committee Chair Jeff Caine says
Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says there are 540 miles in the county’s highway system which is the second largest in the state of Wisconsin next to Marathon County. He says the survey will assist his departments to properly prepare for the 2021 and 2022 construction season. Without a good plan Field says some roads may look very different and that may include pulverizing some lesser used rural roads and turning them into gravel.
The survey says if the county borrows $6-million dollars to fund an additional 17 miles of roadway it would cost property owners just over nine dollars more annually per one-hundred thousand of assessed value. If the county spent $18-million to redo 51 additional miles, that number per one-hundred thousand would increase to $27.45 annually. Survey results are scheduled to be reviewed by the Highway Committee next month with project recommendations presented to the Dodge County Finance Committee and County Board for consideration in the 2021 budget. The short survey is located on the Dodge County website and will be available until Monday, August 31st.
A link to the survey can be found below:
Listen to Brian Field and Jeff Caine on WBEV’s Community Comment here: