Lake County voters don’t see any budget crisis. Despite (or perhaps in spite of?) the Madison City Commission’s thinly veiled advocacy, 82.4% of voters in Tuesday’s special Lake County election rejected the county commission’s request for an opt-out that would have allowed the county to impose another $2.8 million in property taxes each year for five years.
316 people voted for the tax increase. 1,483 voted against. One person submitted a blank ballot, bringing total turnout to 1,800, 22.4% of the registered electorate.
Unlike Congress, the Lake County Commission was able to meet Thursday morning and approve a budget for next year. The county will try to get by on $9.2 million in the coming fiscal year. Maybe they’ll want to pay the Governor’s Office of Economic Development $10,000 so they can get their hands on the Governor’s Freedom™ Works Here database and recruit some out-of-staters to come work in Madison, build big new houses at Lake Madison, and increase the tax base.