County budget will increase Madison taxpayers’ bills by about $23

Board passes operating, capital budgets almost unanimously
County budget will increase Madison taxpayers’ bills by about $23
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Dane County passed its operating and capital budgets almost unanimously Monday night, and it was signed by County Executive Joe Parisi Wednesday.

The average Madison taxpayer will see an increase of about $23 on the county portion of their bill.

County leaders said the 2015 budget protects core services and includes more than $3 million to build and operate radio towers to fix problems that have plagued emergency communication systems in certain municipalities, like Blue Mounds.

“This will be moving forward, approved by the board, so we’re looking forward to the implementation of this, and we’re going to have a class-A system that is stronger than the one that was originally proposed and designed a number of years ago,” Parisi said.

The 2015 operating budget is $523.7 million and the capital budget borrows $42.4 million, according to a release.

The budget also covers the operating cost, which in the past was shared by municipalities.

Parisi said the county’s reserve fund, which he said was nonexistent when he took office, will be $20 million after this budget.