Dane County Treasurer
Four-year termThe Dane County Treasurer’s office receives all monies belonging to the county as directed by statute or county ordinance, disburses funds on the order of the County Executive and the Dane County board, keeps records of the receipt and expenditure of all funds processed by the Treasurer’s office, and provides the State Treasurer and other government officials with required statements and reports. The Treasurer’s office may commence foreclosure actions on properties that have four years’ delinquent taxes. The annual salary for the office of Dane County Treasurer in 2021 will be $112,174.
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Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues.
How should this office cope with likely budget limitations created by the pandemic?
What options would you advocate to respond to increased cases of tax delinquency due to financial hardship resulting from the pandemic?
In what city, village, or town do you vote?
Since 2012, I have focused much of my efforts on connecting homeowners with resources to help them get caught up on taxes and keep their property. We are also improving the office website with better navigation towards https://accessdane.countyofdane.com, online payment, and the Taxpayer Assistance Resources brochure in both English and Spanish. Third, I am working with State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski on the Homeowner’s Taskforce for earlier prevention of foreclosures by creating educational opportunities and connecting people with services to assist with other hardships.
The Treasurer’s Office is already a small office with one of the smallest expenditure budgets in the county. Over the years, office staffing had been reduced from 6 to 5 individuals, which provides some budget relief. With advances in technology, the county will also see a reduction in costs related to bank deposits. From the revenue side, some additional funds have been invested into local CDs for a safe and higher returns than simple interest on cash deposits.
One need from the pandemic is cashflow for services like firefighters, EMTs, and teachers. Although Dane County is in a better position than many of the smaller counties, I and other county treasurers have signed onto a letter with the State Treasurer to request stimulus funding for all Wisconsin communities and allow the use of already appropriated funds to cover lost revenues that help keep our communities safe and healthy. To improve outreach and empowerment through COVID, I will also continue my service on the Education and Foreclosure Prevention committees of the Homeowner’s Taskforce.
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