The Town of Black Earth is located approximately 20 miles west of Madison. The first Europeans to permanently settle here arrived in 1843.  Five years later, the Wisconsin State Legislature created the Town of Farmersville, which was later renamed to Black Earth.  Black Earth (population 488) is a rural farming community blessed with natural resources, including fertile soils and the popular Black Earth Creek.    

3/16/20 Press Release from Dane County Clerk:
Voters Encouraged to Vote Absentee for April 7 Election

Online Voter Registration on My Vote Wisconsin Extended to March 30
for the April 7 Election Only.  Learn More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Town of Black Earth
Presidential Preference Primary & Spring Election

April 7, 2020 

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for the Presidential Preference Primary & Spring Election may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. Citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 10 days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.  Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.

To request an absentee ballot, please contact your municipal clerk.

*Your absentee ballot request must be in writing, whether it be by email, letter, filling out the absentee ballot request form, or online at MyVote.wi.gov  (click on “Vote Absentee” at the top of the website).  Your written request must list your name, voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and the date of the election(s) you are requesting your ballot for.  You must also provide your photo ID.


The deadline for making an application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 PM on the fifth day before the election:  Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Note:  Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk.


You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office during the specified hours or by appointment.  You must also provide your Photo ID.

  • The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020.
  • The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020.
  • No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.

The municipal clerk will deliver all voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place before the polls close on April 7, 2020Any ballots received after the polls close at 8:00 PM will not be counted.

To obtain an absentee ballot send a written request to:

Town of Black Earth
Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk
PO Box 426
Black Earth, WI  53515 

Office hours:  Tues 8:00 am -12:00 pm – in lower level of 1116 Mills St.
Absentee Voting by Appointment
Tel:  608-444-6425 / Email:  townofblackearthclerk@gmail.com

Posted Notice
Published Notice

Electronic Voting Equipment
Town of Black Earth

At the Black Earth Village Hall in the
Municipal Meeting Room at 1210 Mills St, Black Earth

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 AM

Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk

Posted Notice
Published Notice

Town of Black Earth
April 7, 2020

Notice is hereby given of a Spring Election to be held in the Black Earth Village Hall on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  

The Town of Black Earth’s polling place is inside the Black Earth Village Hall at 1210 Mills Street, Black Earth, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  The polling place is accessible to elderly and disabled voters. 

If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact:

Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk

Posted Notice
Published Notice

Notice from Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Beginning in February 2020, the Department of Revenue Bureau of Equalization staff appraisers will be working throughout the region as part of an assessment review, viewing selected real estate parcels that sold during 2019.

Reviewing the sales involves viewing land and improvements from the road, taking pictures, and in some cases, talking with buyers and sellers involved in the transaction.  The work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2020.

Department of Revenue employees will have Department-issued photo ID with them at all times.

If you have any questions, please call the Wisconsin Department of Revenue at 608-266-8184.

Claiming 2019 Farmland Preservation Tax Credits

Landowners who own lands enrolled in an effective farmland preservation agreement, located in a farmland preservation zoning district, or both, may be eligible to claim the farmland preservation tax credit. Please see Eligibility Requirements for additional information.

Check out Farmland Preservation: Information for Tax Preparers for additional resources.

Dane County Zoning Ordinance

The Town of Black Earth Board signed the Resolution to Adopt
the Comprehensively Revised Dane County Zoning Ordinance
on December 3, 2019.

A certified copy of Resolution 2019-01 was filed with the Dane County Clerk on December 6, 2019.



New Dane County Zoning Ordinance Information

CURRENT zoning district fact sheets

NEW zoning district fact sheets

Dane County has an interactive mapping tool that shows both the current and proposed zoning for any parcel in Dane County:  enter your property address in the upper right magnifying glass, or zoom to the desired location.  Clicking on any parcel allows you to see detailed parcel information, as well as the proposed zoning district fact sheets.  You can also switch to the aerial mode by
clicking on the base map icon in the lower right corner.

If you have any questions on the zoning district that has been proposed for your parcel, please contact Dane County Planning and Development at (608) 267-4115.

APRIL 1, 2020

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.  It’s in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community – for health clinics, fire departments, schools, roads, and highways.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.

For information on what questions will be asked, who is to be counted, and why your answers matter, visit:  https://2020census.gov/en.html

Census Handout

Fact Sheet for Rural Towns

Fact Sheet for Rural Towns