City officials approve $1M forestry fee to fight EAB

Madison Public Market gets go-ahead during Tuesday night's meeting
City officials approve $1M forestry fee to fight EAB

The Madison City Council increased the funding focused on fighting the emerald ash borer at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The council approved $1 million a year as part of a forestry fee.

The invasive species has been spotted eating another kind of tree in Ohio. Scientists believe the ash borer is feasting on the fringe tree, which is similar to ash trees.

While the risk appears to be low in Wisconsin, scientists are monitoring the insect’s spread.

“If you look back to the beginning of 2014, we had right around 20 or so counties that confirmed infestations and quarantined, and now we’re at about 37 counties quarantined,” University of Wisconsin – Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab Manager PJ Liesch said.

The Madison City Council estimates the forestry fee will add around $8 a year to homeowners’ taxes.

Plans for the Madison Public Market also got the go-ahead from the city council at the same meeting.

A location for the market still needs to be decided, but city officials appear to be leaning toward an area along East Washington Avenue.