County officials say this has been an especially difficult year to balance those budgets. Administrators point to a lack of funding from the state and pressure to cut taxes. They also say the situation will only get worse, and programs many people rely on may soon be on the chopping block.
“I think there needs to be some discussion about should we provide certain services or not. That may very well mean that the public needs to decide what services they really expect from the county and what services they don't expect from the county,” says John Mulder, Lincoln County administrative coordinator.
Marathon County administrator Mort McBain agrees.
“We're gonna’ have to get real serious about prioritizing spending, all the way from the local level to the federal level.”
A public hearing on the Marathon County budget will be held Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in the county board room.