weekend break with their loved ones.
As always, please contact the Dane County Communications Center to report any
incidents as they are happening. Should you need Emergency service, call 911.
If it is not an immediate danger, can call the non-emergency number at 255-2345.
Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
At a Public Hearing held November 20, 2018, the Utility Commission approved no rate increase over the prior year rates. Because no rate increase was approved, Ordinance 1991-01 did not need amendment, so there was no Special Town Board meeting following the Utility Commission meeting and Public Hearing.
The qualified electors who attended the November 20, 2018 Special Town Meeting and Public Hearing for the 2019 Town of Verona budget approved the proposed levy amount of $1,092,334. This will result in a local mill rate of $3.754799 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. By comparison, last year’s mill rate was $3.791201.
I’d like to invite you all out to review the 2019 Town of Verona Budget on November 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. There’s a lot of good news I can tell you, including that your local mill rate is actually projected to go down just a bit, but there are also a lot of financial challenges that the Town is going to face in the coming years. I’d like you to be part of the conversation about how we tackle those challenges together.
For years, the Town had held a flat tax rate for local services and balanced the budget each year without going into debt. Due to some new development, we’ve seen tax revenue increase this year and more next year, but that’s not enough to address costs that the Town can’t control. Next year’s budget is projected to be $1,539,410. That’s approximately $53,000 less than in 2018, in part because some transportation funds we depend on aren’t available next year. We also aren’t planning any major equipment purchases (trucks) or any major road reconstruction. However, we have increased our public works spending by approximately 30% to help address the condition of our roads through surface maintenance.
Our Emergency Medical and Fire Service costs will go up, as will the amount we have to contribute to the Belleville Senior Center for senior services (Meals on Wheels and Case Management). In turn, our cost for General Government (office/town hall operations) will remain flat, and the amount spent on Conservation and Development will go down, due in part to the completion of the comprehensive plan.
There was a time not too long ago that we thought the Town would either have to consolidate with the City of Verona, or just eventually shrink out of existence. Neither is the case anymore, but we are going to have to plan for the increased demands as we maintain the Town as an independent, financially sustainable, safe, and healthy rural community.
I hope to see you on the 20th so we can plan for the future of the Town together.
held at Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road. Those that are interested in the plan to rebuild
the Nesbitt-Fitchrona roads intersection into a roundabout next year can find out more at the public
open house next week. Attendees can look at exhibits showing the proposed roundabout and talk
every 2nd Saturday thru April 2019 from 11am-2pm.
You will still find many of your vendor favorites which include:
Tater and the Dragon: sauces, salsas, some produce
Dougherty Creek Soap Co.: soaps, lotions, balms, candles, jewelry, holiday themed goods
Ann in a Jam: jam, jelly, pickled veggies
Gough’s Gorgeous Farm Goods: eggs, dehydrated veggies, some produce
Workshop: pottery, jewelry, misc gifts
Occasional vendors include: kids books, dog bow ties and bandanas, honey, greens and pine arrangements
The Town of Verona reports total votes for Ward 1: 413
There were no (0) Provisional Ballot at the close of the polls on November 6, 2018 for Ward 1.
The Town of Verona reports total votes for Wards 2-4: 813
There were no (0) Provisional Ballot at the close of the polls on November 6, 2018 for Wards 2 or 3.