Welcome to the Sauk County 2012 Budget Survey

The mission of Sauk County is:

"To provide essential services to the residents of Sauk County in a fiscally responsible manner that promotes safety, economic development, and stewardship of natural resources while encouraging the development of cultural, social, and community values that enhance human dignity."

    County government has a dual role of providing state services at the local level as well as being a unit of local self-government. Within this construct, Sauk County offers programming and services in the areas of Conservation, Development, Recreation, Culture and Education; General Government Services; Health and Human Services; Justice and Public Safety; and Public Works. Although not every resident directly uses each program or service provided, the community as a whole benefits from the enhanced quality of life of all our neighbors.

    Sauk County supervisors, elected officials, and employees are committed to keeping Sauk County one of the best places to live in Wisconsin and the nation. Doing so requires us to continually gauge the priorities of residents and adjust operations to meet changing needs. We ask that you complete the following survey in its entirety to help us gauge countywide priorities. The basic question for which we are searching for an answer in this survey is, "What should the priorities be for Sauk County government?"

    The survey is designed so that you can comment by program area on the value of county services provided by your tax dollars. How important is a service to the community as a whole? What should be the County's obligation in seeing that a service is provided? How are we doing? We also encourage you to voice your opinion by e-mailing your comments to webliaison@co.sauk.wi.us.


    Thank you for helping make Sauk County a better place.

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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

      Patrol













      Investigation













      Emergency Response Team













      Boat patrol













      Snowmobile patrol













      Warrant service













      Courthouse security













      DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education and community outreach












      Drug Task Force - multi-agency drug task force including narcotics investigations












      Access to Sheriff's offices remote from Baraboo - precincts












      Secure and work release jail operations













      Jail Alternatives - alcohol and drug abuse counseling, electronic monitoring












      Community Service - alternatives to incarceration where defendants work at non-profit agencies instead of setting out the time in jail












      Communications Center - E911 dispatch













      Dispatch provided by non-County units of government













      Coroner - death investigations













      Emergency Management - disaster/emergency planning















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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?
    Circuit court system for all criminal matters







    Circuit court system for all civil matters, including family actions







    District Attorney - prosecutorial function for all crimes







    Victim / Witness assistance








    Clerk of Court - administrative support for court system







    Passport issuance








    Register in Probate - supervises probate of estates and trusts, administrative support for guardianships and commitments for court system






    Mediation - dispute resolution for child custody







Inactive hide details for Health & Social Services - Aging and Disability ProgramsHealth & Social Services - Aging and Disability Programs

Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?
    Nutrition Programs








    Meals - home delivered and meal sites







    Energy assistance








    Information and outreach








    Senior centers








    Vocational opportunities








    Adult day care and respite








    Residential nursing home care








    Inpatient rehabilitation








    Outpatient therapies - physical, occupational, speech, psychiatric






    In-home assistance - home nursing care, personal care, chore assistance






    Coordinated transportation of clients








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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

      Environmental Health - health code inspections, radon testing, on-site wastewater systems, wells, rabies control, inspection of retail food establishments, asbestos and lead testing, inspection of hotels, motels and campgrounds












      Maternal and Child Health and the Women, Infant and Children programs












      Adult Health - express enrollment in Medicaid, visiting nurses and therapists program (Home Health Care), paternity testing, medical voucher program, foot clinic












      Children and School Health - public health immunization nurses in schools, oral health programs, fluoride programs, Rural Safety Days, Dental Mobile












      Communicable disease prevention, detection, surveillance and control: TB, Measles, Chicken Pox, Salmonella, Avaian Flu, rubella, STDs West Nile virus, etc.












      Public Health Emergency Preparedness - Pandemic BioTerrorism Planning and Readiness (anti-viral medications, protective clothing, etc.)












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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

    Safety and protection for children who are abused or neglected












    Services for adults and children with mental illness












    Services for adults and children who are developmentally disabled (DD) or developmentally delayed












    Protective services for vulnerable adults













    Services for youth offenders













    Financial, employment and economic assistance - W2, Food Stamps, Child Care, and Medical Assistance












    Services for adults and youth with alcohol and/or other drug abuse problems












    Recruitment, development, licensing and training of foster care and kinship care providers, and the certification of adult family home












    Fraud investigation and recovery













    Emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless families or battered women and their children












    Programs to prevent substance abuse and child abuse and neglect












    Comprehensive coordinated services to prevent placement of children and adolescents in alternate care (foster homes, group homes, residential care centers)















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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?
    Establish and enforce child and medical support orders







    Establish paternity for nonmarital children







    Animal protection and safety








    Veterans' Federal and State benefits programs







    Veterans' education and outreach








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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

    Authority-owned housing for low income families












    Rent subsidies for low income families













    Rent subsidies and supportive services for low income frail elderly












    Loans to low and moderate income families for housing rehabilitation, down payments and closing costs, and septic system replacement















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County highways are those mostly rural roads identified by a letter such as highway “A”
Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?
    County Highways: Sign and Line Painting







    County Highways: Pothole patching, ditch cleaning, culvert repairs, crack filling, other general maintenance






    County Highways Mowing and brush cutting







    County Highways: Snow plowing, from 4 am to 8 pm







    County Highways: Snow plowing, from 8 pm to 4 am







    County Highways: Snow plowing on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays







    County Highways: Road and bridge reconstruction







    County Highways: litter and trash pickup







State highways are those roads identified by a number such as US12 and I-94. The county contracts with D.O.T. to do this work
    State Highways: Snow plowing








    State Highways: All other maintenance work







    Local Highways: All contracted work to assist other agencies







    Airports








    Rail








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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?
    Campgrounds








    Beaches and boat landings








    Dam operation and maintenance








    Trails systems - biking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobile trails






    County forest and nature reserve








    Assistance to farmers in agricultural productivity, profitability and environmental balance






    Home garden horticulture services








    Parenting skills development, nutrition education and aging care information







    Youth development in leadership and citizenship







    Tourism and promotion








    Promotion and support the arts, humanities and historic preservation.







    Community leadership development.








    Involve the public in local decision
    making.







    Improve effectiveness of community organizations.







    Promote local tourism efforts.








    Revitalize downtowns and strengthen the local economy.







    Libraries







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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

      Zoning Codes - construction and land use regulations / inspections












      Sanitary Codes - private septic system regulations / inspections












      Land Division Codes - subdivision regulations / review












      Comprehensive Planning - land use planning activities












      GIS / Mapping - maintenance and access to digital mapping products












      Surveyor - survey records management and preservation of U.S. Public Land Survey System












      Real Property Listing - maintains data relating to real estate ownership












      Register of Deeds - Record real estate documents (Deeds, Mortgages, etc) -
      File and keep Sauk County vital records (births, deaths, marriages)












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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

      Curbside recycling













      Clean Sweep













      Electronics disposal













      Brush site management














      Technical planning and financial assistance to farms to help address soil erosion and runoff pollution to prevent surface and groundwater contamination












      Planning and technical assistance to landowners to help address the influx of invasive species












      Lake rehabilitation for reducing sedimentation and pollution in county lakes












      Programs designed to provide permanent protection for agricultural lands such as purchases of agriculture conservation easements












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Importance To the CommunityHow should Sauk County provide this service?How well is Sauk County doing?

      County Board and Committee operations













      Corporation Counsel - in-house attorney operations, mental commitments, termination of parental rights












      Administrative Coordinator - manages overall county operations












      Personnel - employee management, labor negotiations












      Information Systems - manages county computer operations












      Maintenance - manages mechanical systems, buildings and grounds












      Safety / Risk Management













      Finance - general accounting, accounts payable and payroll












      County Clerk - county board minutes, marriage licenses, dog licenses, elections, public sale of delinquent tax properties












      Treasurer - property tax processing and collection












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