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.    

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