Board adopts 2015 budget unanimously

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

SHEBOYGAN – The County Board approved a nearly $125 million budget for 2015 Tuesday unanimously.

But one supervisor, Fay Uraynar, expressed her displeasure with how the county has portrayed its fiscal performance over the past decade.

“We put out that we’re 64 cents below the 2006 tax rate,” Uraynar noted. “But when you really look at the taxes taxpayers have been paying, that’s been on an incline (up).”

She questioned comparisons to the average of all Wisconsin counties and said the comparison should be to comparable counties only. “The majority of counties are very small and that really skews the picture,” Uraynar said.

“I have pleaded with a number of people can we pleas show an actual picture of how we’re doing,” Uraynar stated. “I care about and the people I represent care about what they are taxed, what they are paying out of their pockets.”

Several supervisors defended the county’s budget track record over the past decade.

Supervisor Greg Weggeman pointed out that the property tax level has increased less than 10 percent total over the past ten years, less than one percent a year. He stated his belief that that number demonstrates “pretty responsible” budgeting by the county over that period.

“I believe this County Board has been most responsible and kept increases to a minimum,” Supervisor Thomas Epping agreed. “I think our main emphasis has been to make the best budget for the county and our constituents. I believe this County Board has been most representative and responsible to its constituents.”

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