Where are your priorities?

Make your own rankings for county services
Name of program Sheriff’s Department patrol Corrections Juvenile justice Traditional library services Sheriff’s Department communications Winter road maintenance Mount View Care Center Sheriff’s Department investigations Community support program Economic support Start Right parent education County road maintenance Birth to Three program AODA day treatment Soil and water management (animal waste and nutrient management) Library technology Veterans benefits Death investigations Immunizations Aquatic Pool therapy Humane Society UW-Extension organizational and leadership skill McDEVCO OWI/traffic prosecution Cost 6.3 million $5.7 million $3.8 million $3.2 million $2.6 million $2.3 million $2.1 million $1.8 million $973,348 $908,294 $693,687 $644,137 $602,416 $569,979 $411,827 $285,566 $227,112 $222,452 $194,892 $158,622 $132,862 $120,276 $130,000 $60,500 Low priority Medium priority High priority

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Where are your priorities? Make your own rankings for county services

Facing deep budget cuts this year, members of the Marathon County Board have ranked a number of the county’s programs by priority. County Board members were quick to say that their rankings won’t simply translate directly into budget decisions. But board members and county officials all acknowledge that some cuts are inevitable. “It’s pretty tight,” Finance Director Kristi Kordus said of the budget in August. “But this list has spelled out for us what the board and the citizens they represent expect.” Among the programs they listed as high priority: road maintenance, corrections, OWI prosecutions. Medium: library technology, Sheriff’s Department communications and The Women’s Community. Among the low-priority items: Start Right parent education and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Now, it’s your turn to prioritize county services. The Wausau Daily Herald has created the form below using selected programs ranked by the County Board. We invite you to make your own selections. Download this form, and fill in an “X” next to low, medium or high priority. Then e-mail this form to Community Conversation reporter Rob Mentzer at rmentzer@wdhprint.com. Deadline to submit your preferences is Friday, Oct. 8. You may also print the form out and return it to our office by the Friday deadline, or use the form provided in Sunday’s newspaper. We’ll publish readers’ responses, and how they compare with the County Board members’ responses, in the Sunday, Oct. 17 edition.

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