County Announces Schedule for STH 60 Reliever Route Project

The STH 60 Reliever Route is currently under consideration after the County received a formal request from the Hartford Area Development Corporation last year.

2016 Native Tree & Prairie Seed Sale
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Order Deadline - March 3, 2017

County Appoints New Central Services Director

County Appoints New Central Services Director
Ludovic makes transition from Administration to Planning and Parks

Washington County is excited to announce that Jamie Ludovic will be appointed Central Services Director, assuming the role previously held by Jay Shambeau as Planning and Parks Administrator. Ludovic, formerly the Assistant to the County Administrator, has spent the past several weeks serving as the Interim Planning and Parks Administrator where she has been developing a recommendation for how to best fill the vacancy left by the departure of Jay Shambeau to the City of West Bend.

"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside the strong team of County employees in the Planning and Parks Department," said Ludovic. "I am grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to getting to work."

According to Ludovic's recommendation, the newly created Central Services Director will assume division oversight responsibilities in the Planning and Parks Department. As such, the following divisions will now report to this position: golf, parks, planning, land use, land and water conservation and facilities. In addition, this recommendation informally creates a communication division. According to Ludovic, "Communication is becoming an increasingly important and necessary component of any organization, particularly in the public sector, as citizen expectations continually evolve. This recommendation increases this focus area so we can continue to build trust and credibility with the citizens of Washington County."

According to Public Works Committee Chairperson John Bulawa, bringing Ludovic to the Planning and Parks Department is a smart move. "Jamie already understands how County Government functions and brings administrative experience with her to lead the Department. I am very pleased that we will have an increased focus on communicating information more effectively moving forward. Jamie is a hard-working and dedicated person and I am pleased to work with her as part of the Public Works team," added Bulawa.

"I am very excited about this new opportunity, specifically the chance to better integrate communication across and throughout our organization and our County, as well as meshing our planning efforts up and down the organization," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "This integration of Administration and Planning better aligns the County's priorities with its spending, and will undoubtedly improve our citizen service efforts!"

Ludovic holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Master's of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. Ludovic brings supervisory experience to the position, having served in management positions in various communities, including some in the states of Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Ludovic is currently a member of the West Bend noon Kiwanis, International City/County Management Association and Wisconsin City/County Management Association. Ludovic currently lives in Richfield with her husband and two daughters.

2017 Adopted Budget

On November 3rd meeting, the Washington County Board adopted the 2017 capital and operating budget.

The 2017 budget not only maintains the tax rate, but actually reduces it for the fourth consecutive year despite the proposed $1,203,917 tax levy increase. The County's property tax rate will decline from $2.6019 per $1,000 in 2016 to $2.5776 per $1,000 in 2017 - the lowest County tax rate in nearly a half century. Property owners can determine the impact of the proposed budget by multiplying their assessed property or home value (in thousands) by the tax rate. The table below shows the calculation for several home value scenarios.

"This budget is really exciting for me," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "It represents the beginning of some things that I've wanted to do since becoming administrator here two budgets ago: more transparently articulate the policy decisions within the budget to the public and use County priorities to make funding decisions."

The budget document now includes an expanded budget message, more information about County priorities and expanded information about department budgets that highlights personnel changes, things that were not previously provided as part of the public budget document.

Read more in the 2017 budget message.