With a couple of amendments, and lengthy discussion, the Waupaca County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2017 county budget this morning on a vote of 22-3. The 75 million dollar budget calls for a 2.05 percent increase in the local tax levy, but a 5 cent per thousand dollars valuation drop in the tax rate. The amendments approved this morning nearly doubled the money allocated to a drug court, which is to be up and running in the 2nd half of next year. The original amount budgeted was 33,100 dollars…. that was bumped to 60 thousand this morning, with the additional money coming out of unassigned fund balance. Another amendment moves from part time to full-time a Parks Caretaker position, to begin in April. Supervisors are hopeful that will help keep the process and tranfer facility near Manawa open on Saturdays. An amendment to add 190-thousand dollars to the budget for courthouse security was defeated by a vote of 13 to 12. No members of the public spoke at the public hearing on the budget just prior to the board’s meeting.