Autumn Lehrke Viewpoint: 2014 county budget -- cost drivers and impact
The county budget funds a diverse set of county services, from county roads and bridges to safety net services for elderly and disabled residents. We operate parks and libraries, administer elections, provide prosecution, protect public health and offer public safety protection. Much of what we do is required because of state and federal mandates. When these mandates are not fully funded, the cost of providing that service is shifted to county property taxes.