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Portage County passes 2014 budget

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Portage County supervisors passed their 2014 budget Monday night.

Finance Director Jennifer Jossie says after the board’s changes, the 2014 tax levy will be about sixteen thousand dollars less than originally proposed, but up 2-point-1 percent over this year. “The levy is sixteen thousand dollars lower than the proposed budget. The levy for 2014 will be $25,715,728. The tax rate for 2014 will be $5.36 per thousand dollars.”

The levy is just over 22% of the total county budget, which totals $116,592,867 dollars, which is $7,093,855 dollars higher than the proposed budget from County Executive Patty Dreier.

The County Board made several amendments. Supervisors added fifty-thousand dollars to continue funding the Justice Works program, which works with non-violent offenders to reduce recidivism and help mentor prisoners to get their lives on track and stay out of trouble with the law in the future.

The board also removed $16,000 dollars earmarked for EMS service in the southwestern Portage County Town of Grant.

Health and Human Services will get $40,000 additional dollars from the fund balance for one year to fund the Healthy Beginnings program.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center will receive $9,000 additional dollars for Early Memory Loss program from the county’s fund balance.

Board members added 3.5 million dollars to the levy for repaving nearly six miles of County Highway X, which is a project that has been delayed for several years.

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