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Marathon County budget cuts

by Nate Barrett

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW)- County leaders say it is still to soon to know whether or not the block on the budget relief bill will remain permanent. But what they will say is, Marathon County will feel the impact if the bill goes through.

Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger explains a common misconception, "One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that the county is mostly state funded. The biggest funding source is the state, so the budget repair bill and the proposed biennium budget are critically important to us."

Brad Karger says he's no stranger to cuts. He made them last year, and will do it again this year. Specifically where those cuts will happen - he isn't saying. He will say the County will make a list of where it needs money the most - then make the tough decisions.

Local Representative Donna Seidel explains the impact of the potential cuts, "The cuts are going to be made in the kinds of services and programs that people all across our region, and all across Wisconsin, have relied upon and have enjoyed forever and there will be significant differences that all of us will see."

Creating new challenges that Karger and his staff must challenge head on. They don't expect to have answers to until at least September.

Despite heading into a time filled with fear and unknown, Karger says this is still an exciting time and hopes that the County can rise to the challenge.

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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