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Learn more about Dane County’s 2024 budget

Dane County’s 2024 executive budget includes social services, emergency food supply, environment, and construction funding.

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Changes are on the horizon for Madison + other Dane County cities. | Photo by 608today

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County Executive Joe Parisi unveiled Dane County’s 2024 Executive Budget on Monday, Oct. 2.

The $937 million budget breaks down to $787.6 million and $149.8 million for the operating and capital budgets, respectively.

Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Social services

  • $2.5 million | Grant program for mental health and vulnerable community front-line services
  • $1.7 million | New squad cars and equipment for the County Sheriff’s Office
  • $1.5 million | Support for a Madison homeless shelter
  • $237,000 | Case manager funding for the Area Agency on Aging
  • $75,000 | In-home fall prevention — screenings and resources


  • $17 million | County trail improvements — Great Sauk and Glacial Drumlin trails
  • $10 million | Dane County Conservation Fund
  • $1.75 million | Restoration of Black Earth Creek
  • $1 million | Continuous Cover program — to help farmers establish acres of grasses and prairies while reducing carbon emissions
  • $1 million | Dane County’s Flood Risk Reduction project
608 Cap City Trail proj

The final phase of the Capital City Trail project includes completing the missing link of the Glacial Drumlin Trail between Madison and Cottage Grove. | Photo via City of Madison

Emergency food supply

  • $10 million | Second Harvest Foodbank — Farm to Foodbank program and increased demand
  • $500,000 | A food storage warehouse for Badger Prairie Needs Network
  • $425,000 | Extended Hands Pantry in Madison


  • $36.4 million | New Dane County 911 Center
  • $21 million | New giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo
  • $15.3 million | Highway and bridge improvement projects — Highways MM, Y, KP, and G
  • $2 million | A Ho-Chunk History Center

The budget will be reviewed before it’s finalized in early November. Check out this informational video to learn more about the process.