The treasurer's office, auditor's office, register of deeds and Brown County Fair were some of the departments that had money added back before the final budget was passed.
Their provisional budgets were increased as follows:
• Treasurer's office: $446,818 to $470,335.
• Auditor's office: $329,789 to $347,147.
• Register of deeds: $259,418 to $267,149.
• Fair board: $710,192 to $747,570.
• Fairgrounds: $271,739 to $286,041.
The total budget will be $23,604,597, of which $15,051,623 is the consolidated general budget.
Property taxes will not increase.
Earlier this month, the commission proposed a 4 to 5 percent budget reduction in order to increase funds for roads and bridges. Many county roads were ravaged by spring flooding.
The roads and bridges budget passed at the meeting on Tuesday was $7.49 million, an increase from $6.86 million in 2011.
Several members of the Brown County Fair Board appeared at the meeting to protest proposed cuts to their budget. They said that the fair is an important event, and that many volunteers work to make it one of the best fairs in the state. The fair made a profit of about $153,000 this year, and a portion of those profits should go back to the fair for facility improvements and money to attract entertainers, they said.
Commissioner Mike Wiese said the best way to address the concerns was to grant the fair board's original budget request. Commissioners were reluctant to promise a percentage of profits to the fair board because there could be years when the fair loses money.
Brown County Treasurer Sheila Enderson said her department would be hurt by any budget cut.
"We feel like we can't reduce our budget that much without reducing salaries," she said.
The treasurer's office is required by law to send out notices, and those materials and mailing costs cannot be reduced, she said. The department does not use many supplies, so there is little savings to be made there, she said.
Maxine Taylor, county auditor, said her department was in a similar situation.
"What we spend money on is computers, paper and salaries," she said. "There is not a lot of room for cuts."
Commissioner Tom Fischbach said when commissioners proposed across-the-board cuts, they knew they would need to make some adjustments before the final budget was passed.
Some departments have less equipment and discretionary spending.
"They don't have a lot of room for reductions," he said.
Commissioner Nancy Hansen said that the treasurer's office, auditor's office and register of deeds were in similar situations, and should be considered together.
Many departments had small percentage increases from the preliminary budget. The sheriff's department was increased from $1,275,924 to $1,289,354. The jail budget was raised from $1,372,700 to $1,387,150.
Emergency management received an increase in its budget of about $48,000. That money will be used to buy a new vehicle.
The provisional Extension budget was increased by $1,000 after Commissioner Burt Elliott said he strongly supported at least a small increase.
The commissioners reduced the contingency fund budget to pay for the increases in other budget categories.