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County Appoints New ADRC Director

Effective August 01, Tammy Anderson, has been appointed as the new Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center. Anderson has been serving as the Social Services Supervisor at Samaritan for the last three years.

"I am excited for the many opportunities and challenges that this new role will present," Anderson said. "I look forward to working with many employees and community members in Washington County. I am thrilled to be in a position to serve the community and provide the highest quality services for those in need here in Washington County."

The Aging and Disability Resource Center is a place where information, assistance, and access to services and community resources is in one central place for senior and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The team has grown to over 20 employees and has traditionally been well-organized and managed with the customer service experience being placed as a top priority. The department also offers information to family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, doctors, and other professionals to assist them in their work with seniors and disabled adults. Additionally, these services are available regardless of income or health status with no cost to the individual.

"I believe Tammy will be a wonderful addition to the Washington County leadership team," said County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "She will be extremely influential in helping us to meet the needs of the department while maintaining our client-focused reputation and allowing us to be more fluid as we consider future consolidation and efficiencies in the department," added Schoemann.

Anderson is a graduate of UW Oshkosh where she received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Over the past 18 years, she has worked with a variety of populations, including children, mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and the aging. In addition to her time as the Social Services Supervisor, Anderson has held several other supervisory and director positions in her career. Anderson currently lives in Jackson with her husband and three children.



County Looks to Become Member of New Four-County Library System

County Board Will Review on August 9

The Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, representing Washington and Dodge counties, and the Eastern Shores Library System, representing Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, are proposing to merge systems. The proposal is supported by all five libraries in the current Mid-Wisconsin System and was unanimously approved at the July 21st Administrative Committee meeting. A recommendation has been sent to the County Board for final approval at its August meeting.

Beginning in the second half of 2015, the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System engaged in an exploratory process to identify potential system merger partners. After identifying the Eastern Shores Library System as a potential partner, the two systems began discussions in February of 2016 about the feasibility of a partnership. A joint committee representing six individuals from each system was established to focus on key service and system topics that it determined needed to be addressed during the process.

After months of discussion, the joint committee voted to recommend that the two systems merge together to form a new four-county library system effective January 1, 2017. According to the joint committee report, a merger of the two systems will:
Improve services to patrons through easier and more efficient access to more resources. (The new shared catalog will contain more than 1.1 million holdings);
Save libraries approximately $98,000 cumulatively in system fees being paid by member libraries for shared services; and
Improve the sustainability of and in key areas improve system services to libraries, including an increase in in-system continuing education opportunities for library staff, an improved technology support system, all the while maintaining the same level of delivery service to each library.

According to County Board Supervisor Kristine Deiss, a current board member of the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, the proposed merger "aligns perfectly with the direction and core values of the County through its focus on increased efficiencies and shared services."

In order for the merger to become official, each of the boards from the four counties included in the system will need to approve.



2016 Full Service Clean Sweep

2016 Full Service Clean Sweep
 
October 1st (Saturday - 8 am - Noon)

Washington County Highway Facility
 
 900 Lang Street
 West Bend, WI 53090

The Full Service Clean Sweep is an opportunity for 
Washington County residents to properly dispose or recycle unwanted
Hazardous Waste, Electronics, TVs and Large Household Appliances 
Pharmaceutical Medication and Used Tires.

There is a $20.00/Vehicle Pre-Registration Fee charged for disposal of Hazardous Waste, Electronics, TVs and Large Appliances. Pharmaceutical Medication Collection is FREE of Charge.
Disposal Fees Apply for Tires. 

www.co.washington.wi.us/cleansweep




Board and Committee Interest Form Now Available

Any Washington County citizen looking to get involved on a Board or Committee for the County can now express that interest by filling out the newly created "Board and Committee Interest Form."

Citizens may choose to apply for any of the 15 committees that accept non-County Board members. Applications will be kept on record in the Administration office in case there are positions that become available for appointment.

At the present moment, there are two vacancies; one on the Civil Service Commission and another on the Human Services Committee. The Civil Service Commission insures the merit personnel system by recruiting and recommending qualified persons for employment for classified positions within the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The Human Services Committee serves as a Liaison Committee for the Human Services Department and Child Support Agency, helping to offer effective and responsive community programs.

Forms may be mailed or delivered to: Washington County, Attention: Judy Steinert, 432 East Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095. Forms may also be emailed to judy.steinert@co.washington.wi.us. Additional information may be submitted as you wish (i.e. resume).


For any further questions, please contact the Administration Department at (262) 306-2200.



2016 State of the County Address

Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann delivered his annual State of the County address at the recent County Board meeting. In his address, Schoemann reviewed the County's accomplishments from 2015-2016 and forecasted year 2016 and beyond.

According to Schoemann, the top 5 accomplishments of 2015-2016 are as follows:
1. The property tax burden hitting historically low levels, including the lowest County levy in 12 years and lowest property tax rate in a 1/2 century;
2. The Washington - Ozaukee Public Health Department merger;
3. Completion of strategic planning and priority-based budgeting kick-off;
4. Construction of Washington County Fair Park's "Silver Lining Amphitheater;" and
5. The Government Center being renamed and dedicated to former County Board Chair, Herb Tennies in appreciation for his 50 years of service to Washington County.

In addition, Schoemann listed the reduction of the County Board size (30-26) and the change in committee structures to provide efficiencies and compliment the shift from a County Committee to County Administrator form of government as other important accomplishments.

For 2016 and beyond, Schoemann hopes to continue to develop the County's comprehensive strategy to "Inspire a Shared Vision." In so doing, he outlined 4 goals for 4 years through the County's commitment to priority-based budgeting, shared services, and fiscal responsibility.

Schoemann's 4 goals in 4 years include:
1. Reducing the annual budget deficit;
2. Replenishing the health insurance fund;
3. Creating the capacity for pay plan study/implementation; and
4. Holding or reducing the tax levy &/or mill rate.

Staying consistent with those themes, Schoemann listed the 2017 budget goals to include:
Maintaining the current tax rate;
Reducing or eliminating the need to access the fund balance to balance the budget;
Replenishing the health insurance fund balance; and
A 3rd consecutive pay-plan adjustment.



Wild About Parks

A nature-based recreation program for the Washington County Park System.  Free Family events rain or shine!


2015 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

2015 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

The second installment of postponed real estate taxes are due on or before July 31 to the Washington County Treasurer. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than July 31st to be considered timely.

Checks are to be made payable to the Washington County Treasurer and mailed to 432 E Washington St, PO Box 1986, West Bend WI 53095-7986. Enclose the payment stub from your tax bill or write your tax parcel number on your check. If you would like a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

You can use the Washington County website www.co.washington.wi.us to look up your tax information by either your parcel number or the address of the property. From the County’s home page, click on Departments, then click on County Treasurer, and click on the Tax Information link.

If you need assistance, please contact the Washington County Treasurer's office at 262-335-4324. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Spotlight to be on Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Merger

On Monday, Governor Walker signed into law AB 362, relating to multiple jurisdictions' health departments--a law change needed for Washington and Ozaukee County's recent initiative to consolidate public health departments.