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Taylor County Mill Rate Set For 2018

Taylor County Mill Rate Set For 2018     10/25/17


  The Taylor County Board approved the 2018 budget on Wednesday, October 25th.  The tax rate for Taylor County property tax will increase from $8.19 per $1,000 of equalized value to $8.31 which equates to an increase of $12.00 on a $100,000 equalized value property. 

  Nearly 15 county residents attended the meeting to show their support for the U.W. Extension Family Living agent position.  Marie Frey expressed her support for the Strong Bones program and the need to maintain its availability for 2 days per week.  What caused concern was the fact that the committee cut the family living position to a .2 position while increasing the ag agent position from .5 to .8.

  Art Lurch the U.W. area director said that with the reduction in the extension budget of $15,000, it would be difficult to maintain the current strong bones programs with just a .2 position coordinator.
Supervisor Breneman asked whether the strong bones program could be facilitated by the county health department.  Lurch said he had been asking that question of the extension department and he hasn’t received any answers.   Breneman told the group that it was never the committee’s intention to eliminate the strong bones program and that they could be assured that the program would continue.
  County residents who spoke in favor of the Strong Bones program along with Marie Frey were Doreen Eldered, Mary Ann Kropp, Kris Werner, Fern Brown, Edith Heier, and Phillip Marthaler. 
  Supervisor Breneman expressed her support of the vital programs which the county offers.  She said it was a challenge when differentiating between what we would like to do and what we need to do. 

  Supervisor Lewis told the group that Taylor County is one of the highest taxed counties in the state comparing our tax rate of $8.31 to Chippewa County which is near $3.  The board voted to accept the amended budget including the changes at the extension department.  Supervisor Thums cast the lone no vote.

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