Wood County Drops Taxes by 3 Cents in 2019 Budget

Supervisor Donna Rozar

The Wood County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2019 budget that includes a small tax decrease. The property tax levy for county residents will drop from $5.13 per $1,000 assessed value to $5.10, saving taxpayers $3.00 on a $100,000 value home.

An amendment to the budget was brought forward by Supervisor Donna Rozar to increase the Health and Human Services budget by $31,000 to pay for an additional .47 full-time employee in the economic support department to cover additional responsibilities.

“Economic Support now has a work requirement that has necessitated an increased responsibility in those workers,” said Rozar. “This is program funding, not tax levy funding, so there is no tax levy impact.”

Supervisor Rozar’s amendment passed 19-0.

The amended county budget and tax levy passed 19-0.

In other action, the county board approved the sale of tax-deeded properties at a profit for the county of $23,239.08. Those resolutions all passed 19-0.

The county board also heard a presentation on creating an ATV/UTV trail system in Wood County. The plan proposed would include 7 miles of new trails in the Town of Port Edwards, and opening some county and state highways to ATVs and UTV’s for connections to trail systems in Adams, Juneau, and Jackson Counties.

The matter was referred to the Conservation, Education and Economic Development and the Highway, Infrastructure and Recreation committees for further study.

The next meeting of the Wood County Board is December 18th at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Courthouse in Wisconsin Rapids.

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