Brown County Highway Department construction workers lay down asphalt on County Highway P in New Denmark, Wis., on July 9, 2013.
Brown County might have to collect more taxes next year because more people have been paying their property taxes on time.
Late payments to the treasurer's office have declined as the economy has improved, meaning the county expects to collect about $1 million less in interest and penalties on tax bills. To make up the difference, officials have two choices: find new sources of revenue or cut spending accordingly.
The decline in revenue is part of a $3 million to $4 million gap that the county will need to fill in order to maintain programs and services at existing levels while avoiding an ...