Brown County Browser: Taxes, elections and drainage

Another year is quickly drawing to a close. Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter in 1789 … “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

While taxes are part of our life, we are grateful to the taxpayers of Brown County who continue to accept this responsibility and pay them timely. As we continue to work toward the end of the year we find that 99.53% of the county taxes have been collected. This is a statistic that we are happy to share. It should be noted that taxes remaining unpaid at the end of the year will be subject to interest on Jan. 2, 2018 and the publisher will be provided a list of first-time delinquent taxpayers on March 1, 2018.

Election Grant

Brown County has submitted a grant request to the State for the replacement of our aging election equipment. It is anticipated that the county will receive $54,400 which will not be adequate funding to replace our current equipment inventory. We are working with our cities and towns to consider combinations of polling locations and whether mail ballots are a valid option to reduce election costs. All polling places for 2018 will be designated by Dec. 31 and thus far eleven of our eligible townships and cities have chosen the mail ballot route. All of our larger cities are working on polling place combinations which will reduce the number of machines that we will need to purchase. We will work hard to insure that voters are informed of these changes.

2018 will be an election year. We want to encourage voters who will be turning 18 prior to the election to register. Registration is the necessary first step to participating in an election. It has become clear that ensuring voters are registered is the key to providing a smoother experience for voters, poll workers and staff.

Drainage

Reminder to landowners that are included in a drainage watershed. Information about your drainage system is accessible from the county website. Brown County has been awarded a drainage records modernization grant to help with the costs of getting all historical information retained within this program for ready access by the landowners. If you encounter any problems with accessing this information please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office for assistance.

One of the real joys of this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you for your support and wish you the very best in the New Year.

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