News – October 21, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board reviewed the preliminary 2022 budget this week. The proposed mill rate of $4.77 per thousand-dollars of assessed value would be a decrease of .34-cents from the current budget year. The $168.4-million-dollar document includes a projected tax levy of $35.7-million-dollars, which would be a drop of $260-thousand-dollars from 2021. Equalized property values increased 6.5-percent to $7.4-billion-dollars. Dodge County Finance Director David Ehlinger says the 2022 budget does not use any unassigned general fund balance to balance the budget, which the county has avoided doing in roughly a decade.

(Randolph) The Randolph School Board has adopted their 2021-2022 district budget. The tax levy of $3.2-million dollars is an increase of roughly $79-thousand dollars from last year. The mill rate of $12.15 per one-thousand-dollars of assessed value is 25-cent drop from what homeowners say a year ago. District officials say that decrease is $1.39 less than the projected mill rate of $13.54 that was stated prior to the referendum voting in 2015.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Senate yesterday (Wednesday) passed a bill authored by two local politicians. The legislation by Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Senator John Jagler of Watertown would prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability for an organ transplant. The bill was introduced after a Brownsville family reached to both Born and Jagler about how their son Malix, who has Down Syndrome and was born with a heart condition, was denied the opportunity for an organ transplant. The bill will be voted on by the Assembly next week.

(Madison) A package of Republican-authored anti-abortion bills has passed through the State Senate. Among the bills are a measure to cut off clinics that provide abortions from the Medical Assistance program, an effort to ban abortions based on race, gender or genetic abnormalities, and a bill that requires doctors to provide advice that chemical abortions can be reversed. Democrats say lawmakers do not seem to be inserting themselves into male health decisions like vasectomies. Governor Tony Evers is expected to veto all the bills if they make it to his desk. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Meeting in special session last (Wednesday) night, the Beaver Dam Common Council approved the hiring of a recruitment firm to find a new department head. Director of Administration Zak Bloom, who was hired in January of last year, is leaving to take a job in the private sector. The firm GovHR USA was hired at a cost of $22,500 to find his replacement.

(Beaver Dam) The longtime managing director of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is stepping down. During their monthly meeting, the theatre’s board of directors “reluctantly” accepted the resignation of David Saniter. His last day on the job is November 19. Saniter has been with the community theatre for 13 years and is leaving to take another career opportunity. Board President Mike Derr says the show will go on and their full schedule of performances will be effectively implemented by staff with support from the board and its committees.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam musician has been inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame. Mark Malak is a steel guitar virtuoso who goes by the stage name Eddie Rivers. Malak was the longest serving steel guitar player in the storied history of the Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel. He was recognized at the Western Swing Society’s Hall Of Fame event in Sacramento, California on October 3 and the plaque just arrived in the mail.