Summers are a bit slower for the County, as staff work on their internal budget requests and people prepare for the full budget season, but there are a couple updates I want to share.
- We approved a design study for County Road M from Q to 113. Hopefully this study will receive plenty of public input. I encourage you, if you feel passionately about land conservation, protection of our natural resources, and reduction of sprawl, to attend a meeting and provide input. If you need help knowing where and when to show up, please shoot me a message.
- Supervisor Chawla, with the support of many peers, including myself, introduced a resolution to have a non-binding advisory referendum on the November ballot for legalization of marijuana. Dane County was the first county in the state to have a measure of this nature on our ballots. We did this in November 2010 specifically surrounding medical marijuana - that measure passed with 75% approval. In Spring 2014, we had a referendum about full legalization of marijuana, which passed with 64% approval. While Dane County has certainly made our thoughts known on this in the past, we're joining other counties through Wisconsin now with the same verbiage in the hopes that we can show increased support for full legalization and taxation of marijuana. The referendum question, if passed, will read, "Should marijuana be legalized, taxed, and regulated in the same manner as alcohol for adults 21 years of age and older?"
- We approved a grant that offsets much of the cost of our drug task force with the Sheriff's department. This is an annual grant that the department uses to reduce opioid abundance.
Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any questions.