The 2018 Dodge County budget was amended Tuesday to include $40,000 to go to area fire departments for water rescue equipment. The $111.6 million budget requires a $34 million tax levy, which is an increase of $559,000 over the 2017 levy. The tax levy complies with state-imposed levy limits that restrict counties to an increase based on the change in value of net new construction and an allowable adjustment for the previous year’s unused levy of $99,000. The mill rate is $5.504 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which will be 13 cents less than the rate homeowners saw last December. The water rescue amendment was brought up by Supervisor Donna Maly from Beaver Dam.