The county's 2014 budget proposal was announced today. The $276 million spending plan does call for a slight decrease in property taxes. The average homeowners tax bill would fall about $15 next year.
Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach is also seeking new money for economic development, $75,000 to target mental health issues, and an additional investments for children's initiatives. In particular $25,000 to train certain county human services workers to spot child abuse and neglect, which has been a growing problem in our area.
The budget also calls for a one percent pay increase for county workers but it also asks them to contribute more to their healthcare and benefits.
The proposal still needs approval from the county board. A final vote is expected in November.