The county government received more than $ 38 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

These dollars will help the county overcome budget gaps caused by the pandemic and invest in the long-term health of citizens while tackling problems caused by COVID-19, Delagrave said in his budget speech on the 5th. October.

The county has invested nearly $ 2.75 million in essential workers – correctional officers, 911 dispatchers, health and behavioral services personnel and others.

“There were always tough numbers, like paying our dedicated staff for the great work they do every day, offset by the need to keep taxes reasonable for our citizens and businesses,” Miller said at the meeting. . “We are lucky in Racine County as our review of the budget shows a strong and responsible proposal to meet the needs of the people in a responsible manner. “

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County of Racine Essential Workers is an initiative that pairs mental health professionals with law enforcement to better serve the community and respond to people in crisis. CREW will help guide residents to the appropriate services they need, Delagrave said last month.

The county has experienced ongoing staff shortages, particularly among correctional staff. However, this budget leaves no structural deficit. This budget puts $ 1.7 million back into the structural deficit.

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