Tonight at the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors annual budget meeting, the general budget passed with few changes. Supervisor Rodriguez was able to successfully add a deputy and two detectives to the Sheriff’s Department Budget. Two other positions in other departments were removed from the budget and combined to pay for much of the new sworn officers’ salaries.
The “bonding” section of the budget authorizes the county to borrow money for road repairs, police cars, bullet-proof vests, medical equipment, and other capital improvements. A group of the board’s most extreme democrats made a protest vote. The members are Monica Yuhas (D), Jeff Gentz (D), Andy Berg (D), Daniel Gaschke (D), Ed Kubicki (D), and John O’Day (D). Unlike the general budget, which needs a simple majority to pass, the bonding needs a 3/4 vote to pass. The board needs 18 votes to pass the bonding, meaning it takes only six of the 23 members to kill the bonding. It is unknown what these six board members want in order to re-consider their votes. These six members have rubber-stamped every budget under the previous County Executive, Jim Kreuser (D). They voted against the bonding tonight without suggesting any changes or discussion.
Unless one of these six makes a motion to reconsider their vote, no capital improvements will take place in 2023. All of the road repair projects will be put on hold and perhaps never happen.
We asked the six dissenters for their reasoning and they didn’t wish to comment. County Executive Kerkman doesn’t seem very concerned about the capital improvement budget being voted down and issued the below statement: