Madison explores options in ash borer fight

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison city council members are exploring new ways to fund expensive forestry related mitigation efforts, like the emerald ash borer.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports ( ) property tax bumps are under restrictions in the state budget, so the council established a special Alternative Revenue Work Group to find new ways to fund programs with spiking costs.

The group is suggesting an ordinance requiring a fee to help fund the forestry division's work. While the amount isn't yet determined, one possibility would be to have it be based on the length of a home's street-adjacent property line. That would average about $50.

The ordinance will be introduced Tuesday.

Madison has already increased the city's forestry division budget from $3.6 million in 2013 to $5.9 million next year, largely due ash borer efforts.

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