The Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors has adopted the 2019 Kewaunee County Budget, approving $22,783,968 in total expenditures. Highlights in the next fiscal budget include a drop in the tax rate from $7.30 to $7.25 per $1,000 of equalized value, which means the county portion of property taxes will be $6.55 less for a $150,000 home. This is partially due to a decrease in total budget expenditures of approximately $1.7 million from 2018 to 2019. Part of the reduction is due to the operational expenses at the Kewaunee County Landfill declining from an average cost of $1.4 million per year to an estimated expense of $63,000, as a result of its closure.
Meanwhile, Kewaunee County will commit $40,000 to fund Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) in 2019 as well as $25,000 toward Kewaunee County staff productivity training. The Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors has also committed to take the first step in broadband internet access expansion by developing a committee made up of board supervisors and the public to discuss and research the issue before designating money for the project. Therefore, a majority vote removed the $1 million earmarked in the administrator’s
proposed 2019 budget. “The county is collaborating with KCEDC to jointly advance the effort to bring better internet service and capacity at a reasonable cost to consumers,” said Robert Weidner, chair of the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors.