Dane County, City of Madison to give businesses ‘COVID-19 Credit’ on health licenses

MADISON, Wis. — Officials from Dane County and the City of Madison announced plans Thursday to give another boost to businesses who have been struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic for the past year.

County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced a 30% “COVID-19 Credit” for licensed restaurants, hotels and campgrounds, accounting for more than half a million dollars going back to local businesses.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted countless area businesses and establishments over the past year—forcing many to question how they will be able to make ends meet,” Parisi said in a statement. “Every bit of support helps. This COVID-19 credit will provide financial assistance to licensed establishments and help them on their path to recovery from the pandemic.”

The 30% credit to businesses for the upcoming licensing year will lead to a total of $568,000 being transferred from Public Health’s reserve fund back to those establishments.

“Our local businesses have had a rough year,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said. “This is just one more way we can offer them support.”

The qualifying licenses are related to food and drink establishments, tattoo and body piercing, hotels and tourist rooming houses, bed and breakfasts, swimming pools, campgrounds and recreational campgrounds. Businesses in those categories will have to renew for the 2021-2022 licensing year to receive the credit.

School and temporary food establishment licenses are not eligible for the credit, according to the county.

The credit still needs to be approved by the County Board and Madison’s Common Council, but that is expected to happen in the coming weeks.