By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County is looking ahead to 2018 when it comes to addressing its budget and water quality concerns. April 2017 marked the beginning of the county-wide sales tax of 0.5 percent, which is on track to collect the expected $750,000 in its first eight months. The county board also unanimously passed the first manure irrigation ordinance in the state and had the majority of its 20 supervisors sign onto a letter to the Department of Natural Resources urging new rules regarding spreading manure on sensitive areas like those found in the area to be approved. Kewaunee County Chair Robert Weidner says they will continue to bear down on the water quality issue where they can.
As for the budget, Weidner says just like any other county they will have to manage their expenses over the next few years to match what he calls “rather fixed revenues” coming in.