DANNIKA LEWIS: madison forestry division has to find
a way to pay for the emerald ash borer problem, tonight
how it come out of your pocket.
MADISON LEADERS HEARD HOW A SPECIAL FEE COULD COVER
SOME OF THOSE COSTS.
GOOD EVENING, I'M MICHELLE LI.
-- ERIC --
-- ERIC --
AND I'M ERIC FRANKE.
NEW AT TEN.
THE NIGHT TEAM'S DANNIKA LEWIS BREAKS DOWN THE OPTIONS
PRESENTED TO COUNCIL.
here's mommy's flower
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LITTLE GABRIELLE AND RAMONA ARMBRECHT.
NATS - 0605 Yeahhhh there's mommy's flower.
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ENDURED A WEEK OF RACKET FOR THE EMERALD ASH BORERS.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 0323 There was times
when I was going, oh please, not while the baby's
27 Please! Let's just let up a little bit.
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ALL FOR A COUPLE OF MAKE-SHIFT GARDENS WHERE TREES
USED TO BE.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 0526 Now you've gotta
deal with the aftermath.
DANNIKA LEWIS, Reporting: 2738 A city committee
came up with five ways to make up for the millions
spent dealing with the EAB problem, all of them fees
for all Madison residents.
2822 The first one is to charge based on how big
your yard is.
That means for 60 feet on the street, it would cost
a homeowner about $44.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 0711 Oh boy, that's not
going to make a lot of people happy.
DANNIKA LEWIS, Reporting: 2955 Another option, fee
by the tree.
It would cost about $61 for each one.
But then, you could charge per person.
3057 To collect the money the city needs for the
Forestry Division, that would cost a taxpayer about
$25 for each person living under their roof.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 0924 What happens if
one had seven children??? My gosh, that's a lot of
a lot of money! 33
DANNIKA LEWIS, Reporting: 3117 The fourth option
would be to pay by the parcel.
Wouldn't matter how big or small a homeowner's property
Everyone would pay nearly 80 bucks.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 1024 I don't think that
one would be fair either.
DANNIKA LEWIS, Reporting: 3320 And the final fee
this group looked at to pay for tree treatment and
removal is to add another $89 to your utility bill.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 1216 I don't think anybody
in the city of Madison is going to be excited about
any of those.
BUT UNDER STATE LIMITS...
ALDERS SAY THEY CAN'T RAISE TAXES ENOUGH TO COVER
REMOVING AND REPLACING WHAT THE ASH BORERS DESTROYED.
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ANITA WEIER, Madison Alder: 1937 We knew it was
in the state and we knew it was coming.
39 But we knew it would be costly, and we were hoping
it wouldn't hit quite as soon.
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RAMONA ARMBRECHT, Neighbor: 0853 if the city makes
us taxpayers pay it, what can you do? You can't fight
THE FORESTRY DIVISION WILL NEED AN ESTIMATED 5-POINT-9
MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX LEVY FUNDING NEXT YEAR.
A 2-MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR.
ALL THANKS TO THE EMERALD ASH BORER.
COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING ALL OPTIONS AT THIS TIME.
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO WHAT THE GROUP SUGGESTED.
-- MICHELLE --