(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has introduced his 2020 Executive Budget to the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. The budget invests in public safety and economic development while falling under the state levy cap and cutting the County tax rate for the sixth consecutive year, including all five years County Executive Farrow has been in office. The Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the final budget in November.
“This budget keeps taxes low while planning for the future,” said County Executive Farrow. “Public safety is heavily supported, as well as infrastructure projects that will improve safety, efficiency, and economic development. My goal is to preserve quality of life for residents today and for years to come.”
If the County Executive’s Budget is passed as-is, the tax rate will drop from $1.89 to $1.82 per thousand dollars of home value, the lowest since 2009.
The 2020 Waukesha County Executive Budget allocates its greatest portion to public safety, including $550,000 in new tax levy supporting the Sheriff’s Department. Emergency Preparedness, which includes 911 dispatch, and Courts receive the next biggest levy allocations. The budget also invests in infrastructure projects vital to the safety, economic development, and longevity of roads and facilities, like construction on North Avenue, and the courthouse project.
The budget continues to efficiently manage tax dollars by leveraging new state funds for Health and Human Services programming, by eliminating the Waukesha County Airport’s use of tax levy, and by utilizing alternative funding sources for Parks programs.
About the 2020 Waukesha County Budget
The 2020 Waukesha County Budget is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/Budget.
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