Brown County, Wis. (WFRV) -- Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach has released his $253 million dollar budget proposal for next year.
He says his 2013 budget is fiscally responsible for taxpayers. Upholding a campaign promise, Streckenbach is calling for a freeze in property taxes for a second straight year.
The budget increases the amount of money spent on upkeep for county buildings.
It also addresses some growing problems in Brown County.
Streckenbach says child abuse and neglect claims are up 30% this year. That's why he's proposing to add three new positions to the county's Human Services Department. Funds to fraud investigation are also increasing.
On the flip side, all county employees will see a pay freeze.
"Ultimately, I think we have a budget that is going to be debated and there are going to be some areas that probably some supervisors feel that need more attention. But really at the end of the day, we're truly working on a collaborative effort," Streckenbach said.
It is now up to the Board of Supervisors to review the budget. They have about five weeks until it needs to be finalized and approved.