Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shawano County Budget Deficit at $504,800

The Shawano Leader, 8/24/2011.

Excerpt: Shawano County will have to figure out how to erase an estimated $504,800 budget deficit for 2012 without tapping carryover funds.

The County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday rejected a resolution to carry forward 0.5 percent of the previous year's tax levy, which would bring $74,500 in unused carryover funds into 2012, to help address the anticipated deficit. The vote required three-fourths approval from the board, which voted 21-7 against it.

Supervisors indicated they were hesitant to increase taxes. Supervisor Gene Hoppe was adamant that he would not vote for any tax hike unless there were no other places to cut.

"We're going to have to get to bare bones," Hoppe said. "There's always money left over in these budgets."

The causes of the deficit are myriad, Administrative Coordinator Frank Pascarella told the board, including a $364,000 reduction in state-shared revenue; reduction in interest-based income to nearly nothing; increases in electric, gasoline, water and sewer rates; and new courthouse security, which is expected to cost $101,000

Other Wisconsin county and municipal budget news.
City of Ripon facing $110,000 budget deficit for 2012.  (8/25/2011)
Long list of cuts on table for Racine city services.  (8/25/2011)
Dodge County Administrator:  "Governor Walker does not speak for Dodge County".  (8/25/2011)
Longevity bonuses in Portage might become a thing of the past.  (8/24/2011)
Declining property values pose a challenge to Columbus budget development.  (8/24/2011)
Whitewater council looks at 0% tax levy increase.  (8/24/2011)
Janesville residents asked to make tough choices in online budget scorecard.  (8/24/2011)
Village of Darien officials ask for input on 2012 budget.  (8/24/2011)
City of Marshfield has some wiggle room in its 2012 budget development.  (8/24/2011)
Soglin on 2012 Madison budget:  "Every service we rely on is vulnerable".  (8/23/2011)
With a ballooning budget deficit, Marathon County considers a tax increase.  (8/23/2011)
Sheboygan's Strategic Fiscal Planning Committee to determine what city will look like.  (8/19/2011)
Brown County Exec looks at same tax levy, impact on services to be determined.  (8/18/2011)
City of Shawano wrestles with $128,000 deficit.  (8/16/2011)
Possible double whammy for Shawano City-County Library.  (8/15/2011)
Portage County Executive looks to "create a bridge to a new design, a way of functioning on less".. (8/15/2011)
Antigo cuts fire, police positions.  (8/15/2011)
Adding up the budget numbers in the Fox Valley.  (8/14/2011)
Sauk County officials ask for input.  (8/12/2011
Marathon County ranks services to address $500,000 budget shortfall.  (8/12/2011)
City of Beloit faces a challenging budget process.  (8/8/2011)
Fond du Lac city manager sez Governor's tools not enough to offset cuts.  (8/2/2011)
Manitowoc mayor asks department heads for 10% budget cuts.  (8/2/2011)

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