Before local county boards begin approving budgets in November, you will find a lot of people working behind the scenes to make sure the numbers work for everyone. The Door County Board of Supervisors started the process last month, reviewing some of the projects in the county’s capital improvement plan.
The most expensive projects in the $70 million-plus plan are in the technology services area where the county will follow the times and go from an analog system to a digital one. The plan earmarks $4.6 million for a tower replacement and $20,000 for a new Next-Generation 911 public safety tower. The county must also account for its growing population, which has grown nearly 10 percent over the last decade, the fifth-fastest among the state’s rural counties. While there are more people coming to Door County, many of them are people moving to the area to retire, which requires a different set of resources than younger individuals.
County Administrator Ken Pabich says it is all a part of the formula they are trying to work through right now.
Pabich says budget specifics will be worked through during committee meetings and other levels of government before public hearings are held and the county board registers their vote.