News – November 10, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board adopted the 2022 budget Tuesday. The mill rate of $4.78 per thousand-dollars of assessed value is down 34-cents from the number homeowners saw last December, while county property values are up 6.5-percent to $7.4-billion-dollars. The $168-million-dollar document includes a tax levy of $35.7-million, which is a decrease of roughly $260-thousand-dollars from 2021.

(Juneau) Dodge County has terminated their contract with ThriveED. The decision came during the county board’s meeting Tuesday, while discussing the 2022 budget. Supervisor Dan Siegmann brought forth the amendment, which was approved, that notifies ThriveED today of Dodge County’s intent to terminate its contract with them. The organization is a non-profit that works to support local businesses and spur growth throughout Dodge and Jefferson Counties. Dodge County must give ThriveED six months written notice before terminating the contract, requiring the county to pay the organization through the rest of 2021 and roughly four months into 2022. Siegmann’s amendment will re-purpose the remaining funds originally budgeted for ThriveED next year into the Land Resources and Parks Department budget to work on economic development.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam alderperson has passed away. John Abfall was an alderperson in the city’s third ward for seven years before stepping down one month ago. He passed away at home on Sunday from a very aggressive form of cancer. Memorials may be made in his name to the Beaver Dam Area Foundation for the Abfall Fund, where funds will be used to plant trees in Beaver Dam. Abfall was 73.

(Markesan) After 80 years a Markesan sailor is back where he belongs, in the community he grew up in.

A memorial service was held Monday at the Markesan Middle School Gym for Navy Hospital Apprentice First Class Keefe Connolly who was killed in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was serving on the USS Oklahoma. Connolly and 428 of his shipmates died when it was torpedoed by the Japanese. His 92-year-old sister Rosemary was among those attending the memorial and burial afterwards.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin elections administrator Meagan Wolfe says she expects the state elections commission will consider all 30 recommendations made in a recent audit, during a meeting scheduled for December 1st. Wolfe discussed the audit findings with the legislature’s audit committee yesterday. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says yesterday’s hearing (quote) “highlighted some extremely concerning actions by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.” The Beaver Dam Republican says three of the Democrat members of the Commission refused to participate in interviews with the Legislative Audit Bureau regarding their review and violated Wisconsin statute when creating guidance. Born says this is unacceptable, and adds Wisconsinites deserve transparency, not secrecy when it comes to elections.