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Dane County’s 2023 Executive Budget proposal

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The City of Madison hosted a public hearing on the 2023 proposed budget

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The Dane County Board of Supervisors is currently reviewing the 2023 executive budget. Don’t have time to read the 877-page budget proposal? Don’t worry. We’re breaking down a few of the need-to-know points for you.

Joe Parsi, our County Executive, proposed the following spending allowances to the board in hopes of making progressive investments in Dane County’s quality of life.

🏠 Life’s basics

Following inflation and supply chain issues, these funds are working to address food security + a basic cost of living.

  • $6 million to the Second Harvest Foodbank of South Central Wisconsin
  • $1.5 million for the River Food Pantry’s new facility
  • $6 million to fund a permanent men’s shelter for the homeless
  • $6 million invested in Dane County Affordable Housing Development Fund

🧠 Mental health + addiction services

The county is prioritizing access to mental health resources and increasing staffing at public facilities.

  • $484,000 for more staffing at the Behavioral Health Resource Center
  • $500,000 towards Sheriff’s Office’s mobile crisis team
  • $283,500 to fund new outreach and prevention positions

♻️ Climate change + conservation

It’s not easy bein’ green — but the 2023 budget is making room to invest in a sustainable future.

  • $92,600 to boost resources for the Office of Energy and Climate Change
  • $900,000 for the design of geothermal systems for the East District + Badger Prairie Campus
  • $3 million to develop a commercial-scale manure treatment facility
  • $500,000 towards the Waucheeta Connector Trail
  • $500,000 for the PARC and Ride bike trail grant program

🛣️ General + emerging needs

A series of projects + challenges working to bolster civic and public wellness.

  • $186,000 to fund testing for PFAS in drinking water supply.
  • $15.6 million for road improvement projects
  • $144,000 to supplement staffing of the Dane County Veterans Service Office

What comes next? The board will review the budget proposal + vote next month, Nov. 2022. When we know more, you’ll know more.