Thursday, February 9, 2012
Marathon County Projects $15+ Million Deficit Over 5 Years
Marathon County could face big deficit in next 5 years. (Wausau Daily Herald, 2/9/2012)
Excerpt: Marathon County will have to find more ways to share services with other local governments or eliminate some programs if a five-year budget forecast comes true, officials said.
The county projects that it will face a $3.5 million deficit by next year and a more than $15 million shortfall by 2016 if current trends in declining revenues and increasing expenses continue.
The county also is asking for help from up to 1,100 residents through a survey that will be sent out this week. It asks residents to prioritize services and spending. County officials hope to have surveys back from residents within a month, and the results available by April, board member Joanne Leonard said.