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City of Madison considers fee-based effort to fight EAB

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state continues to restrict increases in local property taxes.

So the city of Madison has been looking at new ways to charge its residents for the growing cost of fighting the tree-killing emerald ash borer.

The city's Alternative Revenue Work Group has been studying ideas to pay for programs with large price spikes.

Wisconsin Public Radio says an ordinance will be introduced Tuesday for a fee to help Madison's Forestry Division do its work. The amount has not been determined -- but the fee could be based on the length of a residential property line next to its adjoining street.  

The average fee would be around $50.

Madison plans to boost its forestry budget from $3.6 million in 2013 to $5.9 million next year, due largely to the city's effort to fight the emerald ash borer.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)