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
— Accompanied by supervisors from Waukesha’s County
Board, County Executive Paul Farrow signed the 2018 county
budget on Friday afternoon.
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.
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.
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
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center.
budget is in line with what our residents want — low
taxes and a safe place to live and work,” said Farrow.