By Tim Kowols
Door County is joining others in Wisconsin to get an increase in state funding for child support services. According to the resolution to be voted on by the Door County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, child support enforcement departments have been extremely effective in collecting back payments and saving taxpayer dollars. An increase of $1.5 million from the state would be the first for county child support departments in over 10 years and would trigger a two-for-one match from the federal government. Door County Child Support Director Rod Dequaine says his staff has done a great job keeping up with the increased caseload and new federal regulations but believes more assistance is needed.
Door County currently handles over 1,000 child support cases. During its Thursday board meeting at 9 a.m. in Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Board of Supervisors will also weigh in on the appointment of a new finance director, the approval of new agricultural standards, and the reclassification of some employees in the Sheriff’s Department.