County budget review goes quickly

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

SHEBOYGAN – The County Board dispatched with its annual budget review in short order Tuesday.

There were no comments at the public hearing on the $145,913,995 spending package and only a few questions from supervisors during their review.

The budget calls for a property tax levy of $47,861,055, a decrease of 1.03 percent from the levy for the 2016 budget.

That translates to a property tax levy of $5.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decrease of 2.02 percent from the 2016 rate of $5.77.

But Supervisor Fay Uraynar questioned whether the budget truly represents a tax decrease for county residents.

“This is probably one of the largest tax increases our county has seen with the sales tax added on there,” Uraynar observed, referring to the half-percent county sales tax which will go into effect Jan. 1.

“The tax revenue coming from our constituents is increasing with the sales tax,” Uraynar continued. “We’re really seeing overall a significant increase, including in this plan probably one of the largest expenditures we’ve ever had.”

That, she pointed out, would be the proposed $25 million transportation complex to be built in the town of Plymouth.

A document from the Highway Department defending the complex was distributed to the supervisors at the meeting.

It listed benefits including the return of existing facilities being consolidated in the new location to the tax roll as well as cost efficiencies in highway and equipment maintenance and snow removal. It also cited savings on utilities, travel and repairs that will be realized in the new facility.

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