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.

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 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!

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.