Budget Process

Each Fall the Town Board holds budget workshops to plan the budget for the following year.  This is followed by a public hearing that must be noticed at least 15 days in advance and include a summary of the proposed budget.  After the public hearing, the town tax levy must be approved by the electors at a special meeting that is also posted at least 15 days in advance.  Then the Town Board must formally adopt the budget.

On December 2, 2019, a public hearing for the 2020 was held, followed by a Special Meeting of the Electors, at which the 2019 town levy of $1,630,428 was approved.  This amount was up from $1,547,115 in 2018, and results in a mill rate of 4.08.  The adopted 2020 budget is linked above, in both summary and detailed forms.

Property Taxes

2019 Property Tax bills were mailed on Friday, December 13, 2019.  If you have not received yours, please contact the Clerk at 608-839-5021 or clerk@towncg.net  Tax bills are also available at http://accessdane.co.dane.wi.us/.

Taxpayers must pay at least the full first installment amount to the Town Treasurer by January 31st to avoid interest and penalty fees on the entire tax amount.

If you have a second installment balance to pay, you will receive a bill from the Dane County Treasurer, payable by July 31st to the Dane County Treasurer.

Payments may be made by check, money order or credit/debit card*.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Town of Cottage Grove and mailed to Town of Cottage Grove, P.O. Box 176, Cottage Grove, WI  53527-0176, or brought in to the Town Hall at 4058 County Road N.  Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., M-F, or after hours you may use the drop box located underneath the bulletin board facing the parking lot.  Please include your phone number on the check, it may be the only way we can reach you if there is a problem with your payment.

*NEW THIS YEAR: The Town will accept payment of tax bills by credit or debit card, either online at http://paytax.towncg.net or in person at the Town Hall.  A 2.65% fee will be imposed and revealed prior to your confirmation of the payment.

Payments will be deposited the day they are received, regardless of check date.  If you would like a receipt for your mailed payment, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.  Self-service receipts will be available online at http://accessdane.co.dane.wi.us/, in mid-January for payments submitted in December, and in mid-February for payments submitted in January. 


Payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2020 to avoid penalties.  If, however, you wish to claim your payment on your 2019 income tax return, we must receive your payment no later than December 31, 2019.  Receipts for payments received in 2020 will show that payment was made in 2020, regardless of postmark dateIf your mortgage company makes your tax payments, be sure they are aware of these dates!

Overpayments/Escrow Checks: If your escrow check exceeds the tax bill amount, the overpayment will be mailed to you in February.  Overpayments less than $2.00 will not be mailed unless requested in writing by the taxpayer.

Lottery Tax Credit: If you did not receive a lottery credit on your property tax bill and are eligible, you can still claim the credit.  To qualify, you must be the owner of a home that was used as your primary residence on January 1, 2019.  Primary residence is defined as the home where an individual lives more than six months of the year.   You must file an application with the Town Treasurer by January 31, 2020 in order to receive the lottery credit for 2019.  Here is a link to the application form: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/19lc-100f.pdf.  For more information about lottery credit, please see: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/slf-lottcr.aspx

Dog license renewal notices are enclosed with your tax bill.  Dane County raised the dog tax by $5.00 for 2020 to support the Humane Society.  Fees are $18.25 per dog if neutered or spayed, otherwise $23.25.  Multiple Dog licenses are $50.25 for up to 12 dogs. You may mail your dog license renewal form and payment with your tax bill, but it must be paid with a separate check from your property tax payment.  NEW THIS YEAR: You may renew and pay for your dog license with a credit or debit card at http://renewdog.towncg.net.  Online payments will be subject to a 2.65% fee ($1.00 minimum) which will be disclosed prior to your confirmation of the payment.  Any new dogs must be licensed by the time they are 5 months of age.  Dog licenses issued after April 1, 2020 will be subject to a $5.00 late charge.  Here is a link to the dog license application form: https://www.tn.cottagegrove.wi.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2020-Dog-License-Application.pdf

2019 Mill rates are shown below.

Other Information

Annual Reports and Audited Financial Statements

Tax Payment Instructions

Tax Bill Explanation

Frequently Asked Tax Questions

Lottery Tax Credit Information