One of the wonderful and unique things about town government is that many decisions lie directly with the residents.
This year, Town of Verona electors will be able to vote on a proposed 2.5% increase to the allowable levy. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a presentation and public hearing on the 2020 budget, then a vote to follow.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting this modest increase after many years of the Town keeping local taxes flat. Doing so will help us to avoid debt, as well as cuts to an already very practical budget. A levy increase will enable us to continue to provide basic services with continued improvements to roads and bridges.
This year, under the state’s levy limit, we would see an increase to revenue of approximately $39,000, but our costs for EMS and senior services, just to name a couple items, will increase by almost $27,000, leaving us with $12,000 to dedicate to other needs. Adding 2.5% above the levy limit could generate approximately $30,000.
Since 2015, when I was elected chair of the Town Board of Supervisors, we’ve built a new Town Hall, adopted a comprehensive plan, enhanced our operations, all while continuing to lose land to annexation and staying debt free. The Town has tried to keep budgets flat and the local mill rate down. However, it’s a challenge to keep up with inflation and regional pressures.
Here’s your opportunity to get involved in a conversation about the Town’s budget and help us plan for more revenue for roads, stormwater management, road related equipment and other needs.
The Town Board’s goal is to uphold the town’s vision statement, which says we will “maintain the Town as an independent, financially sustainable, safe, and healthy rural community.”
Mark Geller, Chair of the Verona Town Board of Supervisors
The Town of Verona is part of the Sugar River Senior Center located in Belleville. To provide better access for Town residents, the Senior Center Staff will be coming to the Town Hall the second Wednesday of each month for a drop in session. Feel free to stop by between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. for snacks, a discussion of activity options, and a chance to ask questions about home delivered meals, Medicare, or any other issues.
6:30PM Stop the Bleed Community Presentation and Training
Learn how to control bleeding in emergency situations with training from Dane County Sheriff’s office.
Stop the Bleed instruction is designed for individuals with little or no medical training who may be called upon as immediate responders.
Dane County Sheriff’s Office will teach participants how to provide initial care and bleeding control to a victim of traumatic injury before skilled help arrives or in an austere environment.
Online registration is required and limited to 40 participants. This program is free and open to the public.
RSVP Mandatory (limited seating). MUST REGISTER via Eventbrite Link.
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Presentation provided by the Madison Area Unit of Parliamentarians.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation and public hearing on the Town of Verona General Fund. A deficit is currently projected for 2020, so public input on the solutions is particularly important. Mark your calendars and more information will be posted soon.
Following the General Fund public hearing, a public hearing will be held on the Utility District budget, which is separate from the General Fund.