An ice rink is coming to Black Earth’s Veteran’s Park soon

Black Earth will soon have its own ice rink this winter in Veteran’s Park; the village is waiting on materials to arrive. Village Administrator Shellie Benish wrote up a grant proposal for the project, which was approved, and the Village was awarded $2500 from Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Healthy Life Initiative Grand.

Black Earth, Mazo taxes to drop next year

Taxes are dropping in both Black Earth and Mazomanie for next year.

Mazomanie tax bills will decrease by 3.49 percent. In Black Earth, there will be a 4.13 percent drop.

Mazomanie continues to work on flood mitigation

Flood mitigation and recovery continues to be the focus for the village of Mazomanie as grant proposals roll out and potential projects lie on the horizon.

A full breakdown of the current situation is as follows:

114 Curtis Street: purchased in May 2021, fully funded by outside sources. 

Village of Arena passes ordinance banning long-term camping on property

The tax levy of $439,244 for 2021 was set by the Arena Village Board at their November meeting. Only two members of the public attended the budget hearing to learn details of the 2022 budget. Expenses in the 2022 budget, $698,849, are $376 more than last year.

Sauk County wrestles with budget, residents will see lower taxes

It was one of the toughest budget cycles yet for Sauk County. Despite that, taxpayers will get a break next year.

Villages wrap up budget season with projected tax rates

It’s budget season for local villages and with that residents will know what to expect for taxes next year. It’s a mixed bag this year, with one village seeing an increase, one seeing a drop, and two to be determined.

Here are the details:


Black Earth


Prairie du Sac taxes go up, former Sauk City library has a new tenant

Prairie du Sac

Village of Prairie du Sac residents will see their taxes increase next year, as the municipality has had to take on new debt. The multimillion-dollar loan to pay for the new police station led to the increase.

Village board of Arena to sell property, heard updates on lift station and well

The Arena Village Board of Trustees made a motion to move forward with the sale of the property on 516 Oak Street during their monthly board meeting last Tuesday. Century 21 realtor Andrea Joo presented property sale options, including marketing the property as a single-family home, apartment, and commercial space.

Prairie du Sac wants electric customers to embrace renewable energy

The Village of Prairie du Sac is encouraging residents and businesses to embrace renewable energy. Leading the way, the village is purchasing blocks of renewable energy to power its streetlights for an additional annual cost of about $600. The blocks of renewable energy are available through the Prairie du Sac’s Choose Renewable program.

Mazomanie might see a spruced up downtown courtesy of business owner

A Business Improvement District may be coming to downtown Mazomanie, following from a conversation between a new business owner and Mazomanie Village President Gary Harrop at last week’s meeting.


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