In a letter sent to county officials last week, Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel outlined a proposed budget that includes a tax levy hike.

“I have trimmed this budget to a point where, I believe, we can still effectively and efficiently provide the same level of services as in 2010,” Buechel wrote. “Due to many cost increases, in particular the cost of state retirement and medical insurance premiums, as well as reduced state funding, I am recommending a levy of $38,404,824, an increase of 4.88 percent over 2010.”

Buechel outlined several challenges he faced when creating the budget.

“As I looked ahead to developing the 2011 county budget, I was confronted with a significant [17 percent] increase in medical insurance premiums,” Buechel wrote, noting the county continues to negotiate with its unions regarding this issue. “Beyond the medical insurance and retirement, there are not any dollars budgeted for cost-of-living salary increases for any employees ...”

The budget also includes laying off a fulltime golf course mechanic and a part-time post in the district attorney’s office.

Read the full story in the Nov. 4, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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