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.    

Public Health Madison & Dane County Releases New Orders
Requiring Face Coverings

Today, Public Health Madison & Dane County released Order #8, which goes into effect on July 13, 2020, at 8:00 am.  See our news release for more information.

Per the order, people five years of age and older must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in public, which includes in businesses, health care settings, waiting in line,
and on public transportation.

Exceptions are made for certain activities such as eating at a restaurant, but during those activities, 6 feet distancing is required at all times. Some people are also exempted if they have a physical, mental, or developmental condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

The Alliant Energy Center community test site has been extended
and will be open until August 31

Notice of Open Book
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Town of Black Earth will hold the Open Book session beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 10:30 AM in the lower level of the Breunig Accounting building located at 1116 Mills St, Black Earth. 

The purpose of the Open Book is to provide property owners with an opportunity to review their current 2020 property tax assessment and to discuss the process with the assessor – Gardiner Appraisal Service, LLC.  (608) 943-8009 and www.gardinerappraisal.com.  Appointment scheduling is available by contacting the assessor.

Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk
Notice of Open Book

Notice of Meeting of Board of Review
Friday, July 17, 2020  

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Board of Review for the Town of Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin, will hold a meeting on Friday, July 17, 2020, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the lower level of the Breunig Accounting building, 1116 Mills Street, Black Earth, Wisconsin. 

Stephanie J Zwettler, Clerk
Board of Review 2020-full notice

Town of Black Earth
August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 for the Partisan Primary 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.  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, August 6, 2020.


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 last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:  5:00 PM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 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 August 11, 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 Zwetter, Clerk
PO Box 426
Black Earth, WI  53515

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


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