Administrator tells board county in great shape

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


That was how County Administrator Adam Payne summarized the state of the county in his annual address to the County Board Tuesday.

Payne kicked off his presentation by examining preliminary budget performance for 2013 for county departments and funds, noting that the vast majority finished the year with a positive cash balance.

The bottom line is that the county’s fund balance ended the year at $19.8 million, up more than a million dollars from the balance at the end of 2012 of $18.8 million.

“From a fund balance point of view, we are in good shape,” Payne told the supervisors.

He pointed out that $1 million of the fund balance is already committed toward the planned remodeling project at the Health and Human Services building in Sheboygan scheduled for this year.

Payne reported that a total of $1.6 million was budgeted for the project. Preliminary bids have come in and the lowest bid was $1.8 million.

“The Health and Human Services Committee may have to come back to you and ask for more funding,” Payne told the board. With the fund balance, the county should be in good shape to absorb that additional cost, he added.

Payne pointed out that the county has maintained a strong fi- nancial position without having to borrow heavily. The county could carry up to $415 million in debt under state law, but currently has only $41.2 million in outstanding bonds.

“Sheboygan County maintains an Aa2 bond rating, which puts us in the top 10 percent for county bond ratings in the nation. That’s something we can be proud of,” Payne commented.

At the conclusion of his address, Payne listed what he said were the county’s top 10 accomplishments in 2013:

10. All employee safety training and policy manuals updated.

9. Equipped the County Board with iPads as part of a paperless initiative. 8. Approval of Health and Human Services building addition and remodeling.

7. Completion of

Sheboygan Rail multiuse trail.

6. First graduate from Sheboygan

Area Veterans Treatment


5. Sheboygan

County job creation is second in state.

4. Completion of Sheboygan River/harbor dredging project.

3. Management of tuberculosis outbreak.

2. Combined dispatch intergovernmental cooperation agreement.

1. Continued strong fiscal track record.

Payne also cited completion of the county’s new website and creation of an energy team that helped realize $650,000 in savings to the county as among the accomplishment of the previous year.

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