County executive proposing 2.48% tax levy increase

county-logoCounty Executive Jim Kreuser presented a budget to the County Board on Tuesday that included a 2.48 percent increase in the property tax levy of 2015 over the 2014 levy.

In his budget address to the board, Kreuser pointed out that the levy amount in his budget was less than the County Board advisory recommendation.

Said Kreuser:

We here in County Government perform our statutory and federally mandated services, and seek to enhance the quality of life and ability to do business in Kenosha County. We work together to plan strategically to keep our county vibrant, our infrastructure solid and our services sustainable and fiscally strong. What we do here sends a clear message to businesses and potential residents. What we do here helps our economic development partners, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, city of Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Somers, Paris, Bristol, Salem, Paddock Lake, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes, Brighton and Randall attract and retain companies like Amazon, Uline, Hanna Cylinders, InSinkErator, Kenall Manufacturing, Niagara Bottling, and the next businesses that will come.

The budget is not particularly full of inititives related directly to Western Kenosha County. Among the items highlighted by Kreuser’s office are:

Brookside Care Center expansion and renovation: New Two Story 48-bed Rehab Center with large therapy area and separate main entrance; 24 Bed Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF); Renovate existing residential and community areas to create home-like neighborhood concept; Levy-neutral.

Infrastructure improvements: 13 miles of paving and repairs to County Trunk Highways; County Trunk S, major improvement project; Addition of two Park & Ride lots (one in Paris).

Mental Health Care service improvements: $200,000 to increase mental health services in the jail to provide 80 hours a week; $81,500 to add a nurse practitioner or Physician’s Assistant through a contracted service of Department of Aging and Disability Services. It would address the shortage of psychiatric services within Kenosha, particularly the scarcity of psychiatrists who accept Medicaid patients. It will result in 750 to 1,000 additional clients served, doubling the amount served currently.

The prepared text of Kresuer’s address is available here.

More on highlights from the budget from the county executive’s office is here.

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  1. Robert says:

    According to the “prepared text”, Mr. Kreuser is thinking about giving the employees who work hard, a 1.5% wage increase. That is laughable. I believe the cost of living increase is over that figure. Also, will ALL employees get that increase? Or, will Ms. Tunkiewicz be getting a larger increase? If you check the budget from 2013-2014, you will see that Ms. T. got a very large increase while everyone else took a hit with Act 10. I really don’t know of ANY secretary worth over $70,000.00 a year!!!

  2. Weird says:

    A tax increase looooook out Bernard and company will next be looking to dissolve from Kenosha county!!!

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