Established in 1847, the Town of Verona is a local unit of government within the County of Dane in the southern part of the state of Wisconsin. The Town is on the southwestern edge of Madison — Wisconsin's State Capital. The town of Verona has an estimated 2018 population of 1,982 and is part of the Verona Area School District.

Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Town office will be closed this Thursday and Friday so staff may enjoy a long and well deserved Thanksgiving Holiday

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.  

 

Town of Verona Utility District Commission Approves 2019 Utility District Budget

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.

2019 Town Board Levy Approved

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.

2019 Budget Message from Mark Geller, Chair of the Town of Verona Board of Supervisors

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.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Geller

 

 

Nesbitt-Fitchrona roundabout open house set for Tuesday – Nov 13th from 6-7pm

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

to project staff in attendance. http://www.unifiednewsgroup.com/fitchburg_star/news/nesbitt-fitchrona-roundabout-open-house-nov/article_6e7510f4-b0c3-5485-9fc1-a69c739e0e84.html 

Beginning Saturday – Nov 10th…. Verona’s Artist & Farmers Winter Market has moved indoors to 120 W. Verona Ave – Verona Area Chamber of Commerce

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

 

 

Verona’s Artists & Farmers Winter Market

The official number of Town Citizens that voted November 6, 2018 was 1226 and the final registration count including the election day registrants was 1448 registered voters. = 84.67% VOTER TURNOUT ……for the Town of Verona…..awesome turnout. Thank you again to the election officials for a great day and your dedication to the public process.

Total Votes for the Town of Verona

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.