Understanding the Real Choices, Trade-Offs, & Priorities that Comprise the 2018 County Budget

Written by Brad Karger

CORRECTION NOTICE: This story was updated 10/24/2017 to reflect that the budget hearing on Tuesday, November 14, will take place at 8:00 p.m. (corrected from 7:00 p.m.).

Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger

Most people don’t want to know more about the County Budget than if their property taxes are going up or not.

There are, however, others who are interested in an in-depth presentation, and this interest can be accommodated in a couple of different ways…

  • On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 8 p.m., there will be a formal public hearing on the 2018 County Budget in the Assembly Room of the Marathon County Courthouse; I will make a full presentation, and the public will be encouraged to comment.

Prior to my formal presentation, there will also be informal opportunities for residents to better understand the tradeoffs inherent in any budget:

  • On October 26, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., a presentation at the Holton Town Hall will be made to the Western Marathon County Towns and Villages Association at a meeting for town officials.
  • On November 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., County Board Supervisor Sara Guild will host a forum at the Weston Village Hall that is open to the public.

Brad_Karger_2018_Budget_MessageIf you can’t attend one of these sessions, please take a moment to read my 2018 County Budget Message.

After the public hearing and forum, the County Board will adopt the 2018 County Budget on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

NOTE: If you are ever interested in hosting a community gathering on the County Budget — or on anything pertaining to county government — please let me know and either I or someone on our county team will try to accommodate your group.

We appreciate hearing from YOU.

Brad Karger - Marathon County AdministratorBrad Karger
Marathon County Administrator

In his Administrator role, Brad Karger leads an organization with 700+ employees and an annual budget of more than $165 million. Brad has been in leadership positions with Marathon County for the past 30 years. He is known statewide for generating innovative ideas and solutions to problems, openness and transparency, and a commitment to community service that extends well beyond the normal workday.  Email Brad Karger.

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