(WAUKESHA, WI) – On Thursday, November 11, 2021 Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow signed the 2022 Adopted Budget at an event with other elected officials and department heads. The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Budget during their Tuesday meeting with no amendments.
The budget cuts the County tax rate for the eighth consecutive year, including every year County Executive Farrow has been in office. The tax rate will drop from $1.76 to $1.68 per thousand dollars of home value, the lowest in at least the last 33 years. It also reduces borrowing by $700,000 from 2021 levels as part of a capital plan that helps guide the long-term financial health of the County.
“Our residents want to live in a safe, economically vibrant community and this budget supports that,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “We are investing in justice and public safety and business-friendly initiatives while keeping taxes low.
The 2022 Adopted Budget allocates its greatest portion of new county tax levy to justice and public safety, including over $1.2 million supporting those areas.
- The Sheriff’s Department will receive $825,000 to support operations.
- More than $215,000 will be allocated to public safety programs, like the Department of Emergency Preparedness, which includes 911 Dispatch. Courts and the District Attorney’s Office combined will receive $153,000 to fund operations, with additional resources prioritized to help address the case backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget invests in infrastructure vital to the safety, economic development, and longevity of roads and facilities.
- Five construction projects are planned to improve Moorland Road, one of Waukesha County’s most important corridors.
- Phase one of the county’s courthouse project is wrapping up and is expected to finish under budget. In 2022, focus will shift to phase two of the project, which will begin renovation of the 1959 courthouse building.
The 2022 budget also continues to fund the Public Health Division’s response to COVID-19, and a team has been created to focus on management and implementation of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds.
About the 2022 Waukesha County Budget
The 2022 Waukesha County Budget is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/Budget.