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2014 county budget to raise taxes for Dane Co. residents

Board approved 2014 county operating, capital budgets Monday night

MADISON, Wis. - The Dane County Board of Supervisors passed the 2014 county operating budget of just under $510 million and a capital budget of slightly more than $51 million Monday night.

Adjustments to Madison property tax bills will arrive in residents' mailboxes next month.

On the average $231,000 assessment, the Madison School District portion will go up $67. The city portion will go up $35, Dane County will go up almost $21, and Madison College will go up $3.69.

That adds up to about a $126 tax hike on the average home.

"The county board has adopted a budget that embraces the future -- increasing sustainability and decreasing racial disparities," board Chair John Hendrick said. "We will continue addressing homelessness, promoting public safety and cleaning up our lakes and streams."

The operating budget includes funds to fight racial disparities by paying a living wage to human services workers, operating a day shelter for the homeless, providing services until that shelter is open, increasing sustainable practices in county operations and implementing water quality projects.

The capital budget includes $8 million to plan and begin to implement recommendations of a consultant studying the needs of the Dane County Jail.

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