County Board approves budget, property taxes to rise

Board allocates $3 million for new radio towers
County Board approves budget, property taxes to rise
Dane County Board

The Dane County Board approved its operating and capital budgets Monday night, which will mean higher taxes for county taxpayers.

Supervisors approved the operating budget 34-3 and the capital budget 35-2 before approving the tax levy on a voice vote. The budget will increase the county portion of the average Dane County homeowner’s property tax bill by 3.2 percent.

The county board allocated $269,000 for 7 new 911 operators, who will be ready to step in, when dispatcher positions become open.

The board also approved an additional $3 million in the capital budget, and $275,000 in the operating budget for more radio towers.

WISC-TV has covered the troubles first responders have encountered with their radio system.

The budget includes $2 million for an “affordable housing fund.” The board plans to spend $2 million every year, for the next four years, to increase efforts to provide affordable housing in Dane County.

“This budget leaves no doubt of this board’s commitment to addressing the need for housing services in Dane County,” said Dane County Board Chairwoman Sharon Corrigan.

The board also gave additional funding for Briarpatch to open a shelter for homeless youth by the middle of the year. The board also approved $80,000 for Bethel Lutheran Church to operate a homeless day shelter downtown during the week. Porchlight already operates a similar facility on Martin Street in the Town of Madison seven days a week.