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Shared Values, Creative Partnerships Shaped Dane County 2015 Budget

By Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

 When crafting Dane County’s 2015 budget in challenging economic times and when facing economic uncertainties, I am pleased that in Dane County we kept costs down for taxpayers through collaboration, while protecting  important services, quality of life and our communities’ most vulnerable citizens.


Working together with our County Board, excellent staff, service agencies and private partners, we collaborated to protect core services - from public safety to the safety net - and strengthen the quality of life that attracts people and economic development to our county.

The budget also builds up Dane County’s rainy day fund (to a projected $20 million), that was in negative numbers after the recession when I took office. This is important because state government is facing a $2 billion-plus deficit, and in the past they have balanced their budget with cuts to local communities and services.


A few budget highlights include:

  • ·         46 miles of additional roads being plowed 24-hours-a-day and seven new compressed natural gas snowplows that help combat climate change and save taxpayers’ money
  • ·         Unprecedented $10 million in efforts to clean up Dane County lakes and waters, realized through new partnerships
  • ·         Development of new bike paths and recreational spaces, including  the Lower Yahara Trail and a new matching grant bike trail program
  • ·         A focus on investments to get families out of homeless shelters and into affordable housing, as well as building on job training and employment services for youth
  • ·         Pilot environmental projects to protect Dane County’s environment, including  solar at the medical examiner’s new building and CO2 elimination system at the landfill.


Our top goal was to protect the quality of life that our community values and that also keeps our economic development and job creation far outpacing the rest of the state. I am grateful to the many partners who worked with me to meet these goals.

If You Believe, Belong to Elvehjem Neighborhood Association
Thank you to over 400 Elvehjem neighbors who have renewed or joined the association this year. You are what makes our neighborhood such a special place to live and play! If you haven't had a chance to submit your paperwork, there is still time. Will you be a neighborhood hero and help us reach 500 memberships by year end. Click here to join online and pay via PayPal, or click here for a printable copy of the membership form. Congrats to neighbor James Wilk on Painted Post Drive, who renewed his membership prior to the April 30 incentive deadline.  James is the winner of our "Madison Night Out" featuring a $50 Great Dane gift card and two "paint and sip" passes for Artful Escapes!

Elvehjem Neighborhood Celebrates Yearlong Commitment to Improved Health and Wellness
Funded by a $1000 grant from the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (WAFCS)
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for a babysitter? Look no further than the Elvehjem Neighborhood!
Click here for the Elvehjem Neighborhood Babysitter Contact List.
Foundation, Elvehjem Neighborhood residents joined the "Elvehjem to Wellvehjem" campaign to transform the neighborhood into a place that promotes and supports healthy living. For a summary of grant-funded activities and photos, click here. Continue to watch for "Welvehjem Approved" activities and events, as the Elvehjem to Wellvehjem Committee is dedicated to sustainable, healthier living and will continue to meet to find ways to improve wellness in Elvehjem Neighborhood. Many thanks to the following committee members: Diane Amundson, Lynn Munsinger Brown, Mona Everett, Jamie Meise, and Julie Turner. If you are interested in joining the Elvehjem to Wellvehjem Committee, contact Chair Tiff Roltgen at tiffani@elvehjemneighborhood.org or 608-513-9433.
ENA “Wooden Steps” Running Club
The Elvehjem Neighborhood Association "Wooden Steps" Running Club has been meeting since December 2010, and during our first year, we logged 1094.99 miles, which kept us stateside, as we ran the equivalent of the distance from Madison to just past Dallas, Texas. In 2012, we headed to the land down under and logged 2,568 miles, equivalent to crossing the continent of Australia from east to west. In 2013, we ventured to South America and ran 3076.58 miles, just over the distance from Caracas, Venezuela, to Santiago, Chile. In 2014 we have our sights set on an African safari, as we hope to log 4000 miles and cross the continent from north to south, running from Libya to South Africa. 

JoggerIn 2014, we'd also like to encourage walkers to join the fun, so we are in need of a leader to coordinate weekly walks. To volunteer as the walking club leader or find out more information about weekly group runs, contact Running Club Co-Leaders
Paul Cusick (334-5424) or Tiff Roltgen (513-9433) at run@elvehjemneighborhood.org.
Hope to see you at the wooden steps and on the road!

2014 ENA Calendar of Events
Are you a planner, new to the neighborhood, or simply like to be informed about upcoming neighborhood events? Download and print our one-page 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS, and plan to attend one or all of the FREE activities sponsored by your neighborhood association. Hope to see you at an upcoming event!
Feb-Mar 2015 Echo Now Online
Elvehjem Neighborhood Association's Echo newsletter is now available for download. Please use the following link to access the newsletter:
Support ENA and Local Businesses through Community Change
Support ENA and Local Businesses through Community Change If you enjoy supporting area businesses, as well as ENA, we need your help! ENA is now officially registered with Community Change, a fundraising program that partners with local merchants to market their gift cards to Madisonians at huge savings while creating “community change” by donating a percentage of the proceeds to not-for-profit organizations. Visit TheCommunityChange.com to purchase packs or individual gift cards. When completing your order online, select “Elvehjem Neighborhood Association” as the organization designated to receive a portion of your order total. It’s that simple! See our flyer for more information. All monies generated will be used for neighborhood events and improvement projects. The third Monday of each month is a “double day” for ENA. Orders placed on that particular day generate 40% of the transaction total for ENA. Please contact ENA President Tiffani Roltgen at 608-513-9433 or tiffani@elvehjemneighborhood.org with any questions. Thank you for your support!

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All households in the Elvehjem neighborhood receive a monthly newsletter, the Echo. Our newsletter has been printed for more than 39 years and is distributed by mail and online. ENA makes no profit from it. ENA welcomes businesses that wish to advertise in the Echo. Advertisements help pay the printing and distribution costs of the Echo.
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