Farrow signs 2018 county budget

By Freeman Staff

November 18, 2017

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Left to right: County Board Supervisor Kathleen Cummings, County Board Supervisor Christine Howard, County Board Supervisor Michael Crowley, County Board Chair Paul Decker, County Board Supervisor Chuck Wood, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow (front row), County Board Supervisor Thomas Michalski, County Board Supervisor James Heinrich, County Board Supervisor David Swan, County Board Supervisor Duane Paulsen.

WAUKESHA — Accompanied by supervisors from Waukesha’s County Board, County Executive Paul Farrow signed the 2018 county budget on Friday afternoon.

The 2018 budget was also unanimously passed by the County Board on Tuesday. The budget lowers the county tax rate for the fourth consecutive year, while falling $200,000 under the state revenue cap and investing in public safety and economic development. Under the 2018 budget, the 5-year annual tax levy change will be 0.9 percent. The tax rate would also drop from $1.99 to $1.95 per thousand dollars of home value. A home valued at $250,000 would owe $480. A $100,000 home would owe $195. The average home in Waukesha is worth $260,000.

The 2018 budget funds public safety priorities, including a focus on fighting the opiate crisis. The budget gives the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department the biggest dollar increase in seven years. It also dedicates funds to the Department of Health and Human Services that will be leveraged with multiple federal grants to help execute Waukesha County’s multi-tiered opiate overdose prevention and treatment work plan.

The budget continues to support the Waukesha County Center for Growth, an economic development partnership between the county, the city of Waukesha, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, and the University

of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center.

“This budget is in line with what our residents want — low taxes and a safe place to live and work,” said Farrow.

— Freeman Staff