Budget/Taxes

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, December 7, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. at the Cottage Grove Town Hall, 4058 County Road N, Cottage Grove, WI, a PUBLIC HEARING for the proposed 2021 Budget for the Town of Cottage Grove will be held.  The proposed budget is linked below in both summary and detailed form.

2021 Proposed Budget Summary

2021 Proposed Budget Details

Immediately following the public hearing, A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF THE ELECTORS, called by the Town Board pursuant to s.60.12(1)(c), Wis. Stat., will be held to adopt the 2020 town tax levy.  Tax bills will be mailed shortly after the levy is adopted.

Official notice of the public hearing and Special Town Meeting of the Electors is posted at https://www.tn.cottagegrove.wi.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Post-Notice-of-Public-Hearing-12-07-2020.pdf

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may join the public hearing and special town meeting of the electors from your computer, tablet or smartphone, however due to the difficulty of identifying electors, no voting will be allowed by virtual attendants

You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  https://www.gotomeet.me/Towncg/town-board-meeting

You can also dial in using your phone.  United States: +1 (872) 240-3412 Access Code: 535-400-381

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/535400381

A quorum of the members of the Town Board may be at the Special Town Meeting and may take action on the 2021 Budget at their meeting immediately following the Special Town Meeting (The December 7th Town Board agenda will be posted at the Town Hall and on the Town's web site by November 29th).

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 budget 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 below, in both summary and detailed forms.

2020 Budget Details

2020 Budget Summary

Prior Year Budgets


Property Taxes

2020 Property Tax bills are anticipated to be mailed the second week of December and will also available at http://accessdane.co.dane.wi.us/.

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 deposited in the drop box underneath the bulletin board facing the parking lot at the Town Hall at 4058 County Road N.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tax payments will not be accepted in person this year.

Please include your phone number and email address on the payment stub, it may be the only way we can reach you if there is a problem with your payment.            

To pay by credit or debit card, go to http://paytax.towncg.net.  A 2.65% fee will be imposed and revealed prior to your confirmation of the payment. (this link will not be active until bills are sent out)

If you have a second installment balance to pay, you will receive a bill from the Dane County Treasurer, payable by July 31, 2021 t to the Dane County Treasurer.

2020 Mill rates will be published after December 7th.

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