The City of Sun Prairie's 2024 Recommended Annual Operating & Capital Budget has been officially adopted by the City Council.
The City of Sun Prairie is excited to announce the official adoption of the 2024 Recommended Annual Operating & Capital Budget by the City Council. Following rigorous reviews and extensive discussions, this approval marks the commencement of a year filled with impactful initiatives and positive changes. Some of the highlights encapsulated within this budget include:
- Strengthening Public Safety: The budget includes provisions for a Police Lieutenant and additional Firefighter positions, reinforcing our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our community.
- Legal Support: An Assistant City Attorney will join our team, bolstering our legal capabilities and enhancing city governance.
- Library Services Expansion: Increased hours for select positions at the library will further enrich the resources and accessibility offered to the community.
- Community Support: Allocating funding for Tenant Resource Center services at Sunshine Place demonstrates our dedication to providing crucial support for our community members.
- Enhancing Recreational Spaces: Enhancements to our dog park reflect our commitment to creating vibrant recreational areas for our furry companions and their owners.
This comprehensive budget spans across various funds, including General, Capital Projects, Special Revenues, and more.
We're committed to transparency and engagement in our budgeting process. The Government Finance Officers Association grants us 90 days from Council adoption to refine our document. This thoroughness ensures accuracy and integration of data from neighboring communities, maximizing the impact of our decisions.
To delve into the details of the recommended budget, visit: City of Sun Prairie Budget Documents.
For a deeper insight into the budgetary proceedings, you can watch the official adoption at Sun Prairie Media Center - Official Adoption.
To learn more about the budget process, click on the button below to listen to an interview between Ryan Swantz, Controller, and a Sun Prairie Media Center production specialist detailing how the budget is put together.
No Mow May is officially an annual program!
The City of Sun Prairie proudly announces the formal establishment of No Mow May (NMM) as an annual conservation initiative within city limits!
No Mow May, a popularized conservation effort, urges property owners to limit lawn mowing practices throughout May. The primary aim is to provide essential early-season foraging resources for pollinators, vital for urban landscapes with limited resources. Supporting these pollinators during their critical emergence from hibernation is key to ecosystem health.
The program boasts numerous environmental, economic, and social benefits, including increased public awareness of pollinators, amplified resources leading to higher bee abundance and diversity, and reduced mowing frequency. This reduction saves water and curtails the environmental impact and costs associated with gasoline-powered lawn equipment. Participating properties are required to register with the City for the program's duration.
The City will continue advocating for and educating residents on year-round pollinator support, encouraging activities like planting pollinator gardens, implementing bee-friendly lawns, and promoting lawn care best practices.
For more information on the City of Sun Prairie's sustainability initiatives, visit https://cityofsunprairie.com/1189/Sustainable-Sun-Prairie
To learn more about No Mow May, click the interview below to hear directly from Rose Daily, the City's Sustainability Coordinator.
The 2024 Winter/Spring Rec Connection Guide is now available!
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department proudly introduces the much-anticipated 2024 Winter/Spring Rec Connection Guide, now available for public viewing.
The Winter/Spring Rec Connection Guide is a comprehensive resource featuring a variety of enriching programs and activities tailored for all age groups and interests. From engaging recreational activities to educational workshops, this guide offers an array of opportunities aimed at promoting community involvement and personal development.
To access the full guide, interested individuals can visit https://rec.cityofsunprairie.com. Registration for these exciting programs and activities opens on Tuesday, December 5, providing ample time for residents to plan and secure their spots.
For those seeking a physical copy of the guide, options are available for convenient pick-up locations:
- Westside Community Services Building: Available after 4 pm today, the guide can be found inside the double doors.
- Sun Prairie Library and City Hall: Physical copies will be available after 12 pm on Wednesday, December 22.
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department encourages residents to discover the wide array of activities featured in the guide, aligning with our goal of fostering a healthier and more interconnected community.
Click on the interview below with Chad Shelton, Recreation Director, to learn more about the guide and what the community can expect to find in it.
Learn more about the Urban Forestry Management Plan!
The City of Sun Prairie is set to enhance its urban forest management through the implementation of the Urban Forestry Strategic Management Plan. This plan is designed to leverage data-driven decisions that will profoundly impact the City's urban landscape. It's an all-encompassing blueprint outlining objectives, policies, and actionable steps crucial for effective urban forest management.
This comprehensive strategy isn't just a set of guidelines; it's a detailed framework that covers everything from tree planting and maintenance to preservation, storm response, and sustainability practices. By proactively engaging the community, the plan ensures that Sun Prairie's trees are not just healthy and safe but also contribute significantly to the well-being of its residents.
The recent award of a $25,000 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban Forestry Grant to the Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department (SPPRF) is a testament to the City's commitment to managing its urban forest. This grant, secured for the third consecutive year, serves as a crucial funding source for the city's tree management efforts.
In 2022, the city utilized the DNR grant to conduct a thorough GIS inventory of all publicly managed trees. This dataset serves as a crucial tool for monitoring tree species diversity, identifying diseases and pathogens, and planning for climate change resiliency, enhancements, restoration, and reforestation activities.
With this comprehensive dataset, the City is able to develop a strategic and forward-thinking Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP). This plan will be instrumental in guiding the city's long-term investment in the community's tree canopy, ensuring a resilient, vibrant, and sustainable urban forest for years to come.
For more insights into the plan and its next steps, don't miss the exclusive interview with Cindy Burtley, Parks and Forestry Division Manager.
EV chargers are part of a larger initiative in advancing our sustainability efforts!
We want to make sure that the Sun Prairie community knows about the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at City Hall, which is a pivotal move in its commitment to energy optimization and sustainable transportation.
Driven by a broader initiative to electrify and optimize energy usage, the City Hall campus aims to be a beacon of energy efficiency and sustainable practices. The installation of EV chargers is a cornerstone in Sun Prairie's pursuit of becoming a model for renewable energy adoption and transportation electrification.
This innovative venture aligns with Sun Prairie's vision of making municipal fleet electrification more feasible. It marks a significant stride towards the City's ambitious goal of achieving 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2025.
The City successfully secured an Energy Innovation Grant Program 2021 grant from the Public Service Commission Office of Energy Innovation, furthering its commitment to energy optimization and electrification at City Hall. The grant covered the acquisition and installation of two (2-port) ChargePoint Level II EV chargers, enabling the simultaneous charging of four vehicles.
Since their official launch in August 2023, the chargers have provided 8.364 MWh of energy, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 6,000 kg. As per the grant agreement, the chargers will remain free for public use until September 2024. Subsequently, a per-hour fee, commensurate with other Level 2 public charging stations in Dane County, will be implemented.
For more information about the chargers and the electrification initiative, check out the interview below with Rose Daily, Sustainability Coordinator.
Historical Library and Museum: The Museum is open to the public this winter on Wednesdays 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment for research and special events.
Parks, Recreation & Forestry: The weather outside may be frightful and the fire so delightful, and since you have no place to go check out all the programs and events at Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for this winter!
Sun Prairie Public Library: Exciting new milestones have been achieved with our building expansion and renovation project!
Sun Prairie Utilities: You can find more information about the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest by visiting our section!
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SUN PRAIRIE MEDIA CENTER
The Sun Prairie Media Center is dedicated to empowering and uniting our community by producing informative, educational, and entertaining programming. By Sun Prairie community members, for Sun Prairie community members, they aim to educate, inform, and empower each individual in their reach.
You can hear this quality community programming by tuning into 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio and watching it online at KSUN Now. To access content, please visit https://www.sunprairiemediacenter.com/ or download the Sun Prairie Media Center app!
TEXT MY GOV
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To subscribe to general notifications the user can text SPNOTIFY to 91896.
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SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
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Tax payments can be paid via mail, drop boxes, online, or in person at City Hall.
City Hall Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Full payment or 1st Installment must be paid by 1/31/24.
E-checks & credit card payments due by 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.
Dog licenses can be purchased starting December 1. Instructions are online, including a mail-in form. https://sunprairiewi.viewpointcloud.com. If you have additional questions, call 608-837-2511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Online Tax Resources
City of Sun Prairie Tax Information https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/321/Property-Taxes
Past and Current Real Estate Tax Records and Payments on Access Dane website
WI Lottery Credit Info and Forms
State of Wisconsin Credits
Lottery & Gaming, First Dollar
To qualify for Lottery & Gaming Credit, your home must be the primary residence for you, or previous owner, on January 1, 2023.
Verify you received your Lottery & Gaming Credit on your 2023 tax bill.
- If you did not receive credit and qualify, fill out the form from link above, and come into City Hall BEFORE January 31, 2024.
First Dollar Credit – If you have an “Assessed Value Improvement” amount on tax bill, it is automatic. If not on your bill, contact Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue at 608-266-2486.
Personal Check Information
- Make checks payable to: City of Sun Prairie Treasurer.
- Write parcel number on your check in the comment field.
- Please include phone number, in case we have questions.
- Include the payment stub from the tax bill.
Escrow Check Payment
On the escrow check, if there are multiple names on “Payable to:” line, with the word “AND”, all parties must endorse the back of the check.
- Example - Payable to: City of Sun Prairie and JJ Sunny and CC Sunny, both JJ and CC need to endorse the check before sending in tax payment.
Timing on Payments
For those wishing to complete payment in 2023, payment must be postmarked or in drop boxes by 12/31/23.
Deadline for online payments is 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.
Payments after 1/31/24, and 2nd installment payments must be sent to Dane County Treasurer. Phone: 608-266-4151.
Drop Box Locations
- City Hall Police Department Lobby
Green drop box is in the lobby in FRONT of building, 300 E Main St.
- Westside Community Service Building
Drop box slot is inside the doors by the parking lot, 2598 W Main St.
Online Payment Options
Deadline for online payments is 4:00 pm on 1/26/24.
E-Checks and Credit Card Payments
Online payments can be processed at: https://cityofsunprairie.com/319/Online-Payments
Follow the directions for Tax Payments on the web page.
Be advised of FIS charges of $1 for E-Check and 2.35% for Credit Card payments.
If payment exceeds full amount due, a refund will be issued to name and address on tax bill, within four weeks.
For receipts please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment. Payments can also be viewed on Access Dane website.
Dog License and Dog Park Permits
We are now selling Dog License and Dog Park Permits for the Licensing Year 2024. You will need to have a copy of your dog’s current Rabies certificate, there is no exceptions. You may visit the website https://sunprairiewi.viewpointcloud.com/ to apply at your convenience.
Dog Licenses Fees
- $20.00 for spayed or neutered dogs
- $25.00 for intact dogs
- 16.00 for a spayed or neutered puppy under 5 months (Puppies are dogs who become 5 months of age after July 1 of the license year. The puppy’s D.O.B. would be after Feb. 1st, 2024.)
- $18.50 for an intact puppy under 5 months (Puppies are dogs who become 5 months of age after July 1 of the licensing year. The puppy’s D.O.B. would be after Feb. 1st, 2024.)
Dog Park Permit Fees
- $43.00 for the first dog.
- $20.00 for 2nd and 3rd dog.
- $20.00 for Senior/ Disabled
- $20.00 For Military/Veteran
Historical Library and Museum
Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
The Museum is open to the public this winter on Wednesdays 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment for research and special events. To learn more, visit www.cityofsunprairie.com/museum.
Staff can be reached by phone at (608) 825-0837 or by email at email@example.com.
The Historical Library and Museum is located at 115 East Main St. Sun Prairie with parking behind the building. Admission is always free.
Transition to Winter Hours
It’s project season at the Museum! To allow for large exhibition changes and increased research focused time, the Museum’s open hours will reduce to Wednesdays from 11:00am-4:00pm from Wednesday, December 6 until Wednesday, April 3.
Coming Soon: Going Public with the Past
Ever wished you could look through the Museum’s collections from the comfort of your own home? Starting this January, you can! This fall, the Museum’s database migrated to an online platform that will have public access.
Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date: www.facebook.com/CityOfSunPrairieMuseum
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
The weather outside may be frightful and the fire so delightful, and since you have no place to go check out all the programs and events at Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for this winter! In Forestry, Fall planting has concluded with the city planting 165 trees. We are also putting the final touches on the City’s Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan; to review and provide comments on the plan, go to https://form.jotform.com/233064251491047. In Parks, we are prepping the sites for ice skating rinks at Stoneridge Estates Park and Renstone Park this winter. We are still looking for Rink Rangers to help keep ice rinks in prime skating condition. Go to www.volunteersunprairie.com for more information.
In Recreation, we have several winter workshops in December not to miss such as Cookies for Santa, Snow Globe Workshop, Winter Break Art Camp and many more! To view and/or to register for programs visit rec.cityofsunprairie.com or stop by the office during business hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Winter/Spring Rec Guide Connection is now available and registration starts on Tuesday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m.! Pick up a guide at the Westside Community Services Building, Library, or City Hall and/or view the guide online at rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
The 6th Annual Holiday Light Decorating Contest is right around the corner. If you decorate the outside of your home for the Holidays, then this event is for you! For more information, visit 6th Annual Holiday Light Decorating Contest Details. Deadline to register is Sunday, December 10th.
Save the date for Frozen Fest starting January 26th to February 2nd! Activities include candle-lit snowshoe hike, sled dog demo, puzzle contest, and many more! For more information, visit cityofsunprairie.com/frozenfest.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Wednesday, December 13th from 6-8pm, Community Room
Bank of Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Public Library are proud to present our First-Time Home Buyer Seminar. The session will cover preparing for home ownership, the home-buying process, preapprovals, mortgage loan options, the closing process, other partners involved in home buying, and much more! Refreshments and light snacks will be served. There is no cost for this event.
Bank of Sun Prairie is Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #446298.
Please register here if you plan to attend this event.
Wednesday, December 20th from 6:30-7:30pm, Community Room
Join Huma Siddiqui-Seitz, cookbook author and founder of White Jasmine, for a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring fish stew and vegetarian quinoa! White Jasmine is a local company that offers unique spices, cheeses and cooking class.
Space is limited, registration is required. Please register here.
Children’s & Teen Services
Friday, December 8
Join us for a winter party with a Harry Potter theme!
5:00 to 7:00 PM - Enjoy some crafts and activities!
5:30 to 7:30 PM - Entertainment by DJ Mr. Alexis, dancing, and light refreshments!
Costumes Encouraged! *Hogwarts Robes, Fancy Dress*
Tuesday, December 5th from 4-5:30p.m., Community Room
Join Melissa for Teen Creativity Club! Our December project is TBD (watch this space for details!)! Registration is recommended, reserve your spot by using the form here. This program is for teens in 6th - 12th grade. Questions, or concerns, please email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 14th from 2-3:30pm., Community Room
Build with the library’s LEGO® collection! Bring your creativity, but leave your LEGO®s at home! For school-age children only (Kindergarten - 5th grade). Children can be left with the librarian as long as they are registered. Please register on the Events Calendar at www.sunlib.org.
Friday, December 15th from 4-5:30pm, Community Room
Play board games, Jackbox, Codenames, Gartic Phone, and more! We'll be meeting in the library's Community Room! Bring a device, if possible, so we can play some Jackbox!
Registration is recommended, reserve your spot here. This program is for teens in 6th - 12th grade. Questions, concerns, please email Melissa at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 30th from 1:30-4:30p.m., Conference Room
New this fall! Join us to watch some anime! Learn about the manga that inspires it. We will be joined by manga-lover and scholar Katarina. This program is for teens in 6th-12th grade. Registration is recommended, reserve your spot by using the form here. This program is for teens in 6th - 12th grade. Questions or concerns, please email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Prairie Utilities
Sun Prairie Utilities Sponsors Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
We are happy to announce our sponsorship for a community wide Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The contest runs now through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023. Winners will be contacted and announced after.
Top 3 voted entries will each receive a $100 gift certificate or gift card to their favorite Sun Prairie restaurant. Sun Prairie Utilities will also donate $10 to the Sun Prairie Food Pantry for each valid entry submitted.
To enter the contest, please take a selfie photo of the decorated gingerbread house and email the photo (with a subject title “Gingerbread House”) to email@example.com . Please include in the email a contact name, address, and phone number to qualify. SPU reserves the right to post all entries to our website or social media pages.
- Open to all Sun Prairie community households
- SPU will donate $10 to the Sun Prairie Food Pantry for each valid entry
- Gingerbread houses can be made from homemade cookie, purchased pre-baked kit, graham crackers, wafer cookies, or any appropriate edible building material
- Selfie photo showing the decorated gingerbread house must be included for a valid entry
- Contest entries must be received at SPU by 11:00 a.m. on December 15, 2023. Entries must clearly state a contact name, address, and phone number to qualify. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Including a a creative name for your gingerbread house entry will earn you bonus points
- Contest winners will be determined by SPU employee vote on December 19, 2023, using the criteria of construction, decoration, creativity, and holiday essence. Winners will be announced shortly after
- The top 3 voted entries will each receive a $100 gift card/ gift certificate to their favorite Sun Prairie restaurant
- SPU reserves the right to post any or all entrant photos on our website or social media pages
- SPU household may enter the contest, but are not eligible to win a prize
- Only one winner per household
Lighting Effects Drive
Sun Prairie Utilities is accepting donations for the Spirit of Giving program through Dec. 5!
For every $20 donation to the Sunshine Place program made at our business office, Sun Prairie Utilities will give one strand of LED Holiday Lights. These lights use 1/10th of the energy as compared to traditional mini lights.
This offer is limited to three light sets per customer. Donations are being collected through December 5, 2023, at our office, 125 West Main Street.
We know that many people have a hard time paying their heat during the winter and these donations are one small way you can effectively help keep our neighbors warm. Consider helping today!
Upcoming Transit Service Changes
Since December 3rd, Metro Transit instituted some schedule changes across the entire system to make sure the routes run more smoothly, including the Sun Prairie Routes. The result will be significantly shorter wait times at the Park and Ride when headed into Madison.
To review specific changes, please visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/december-service-updates?fbclid=IwAR2x-1x70q6M_JhXgCKLtMaNwCjDFx68eVUVXeehY8NZ2O1h3V7aLgn0UnA
Holiday Displays in Downtown Sun Prairie
Have you noticed Downtown is looking pretty festive this year?! 21 businesses have had their windows painted by the very talented Allison Hokinson with Allison Art and Design! Be sure to check out these businesses during the holiday season!
You can also view the map here.
Sun Prairie Stories
In a collaboration between the City of Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Media Center, we are starting a new podcast called Sun Prairie Stories. Each participant will have a chance to record their story with a producer. Those 5-20 minute stories will then become podcasts available on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio, the City of Sun Prairie website and on demand through the Sun Prairie Media Center app and social media.
We are looking for stories from your life. The story could be funny, sad or joyful. Maybe you want to share a tale of perseverance or love, of leaving or finding, or a tale of lessons learned. We’re looking for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Each one of us has a story to tell. Those stories make us who we are, and who we are is what makes Sun Prairie what it is.
If you are interested in learning more and sharing your story, please click here.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration!
Don't miss your chance to meet Santa! Catch him at the Crosse House on December 9, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and at Beans n Cream Coffeehouse on December 16, also from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Open Gym Night
The McKenzie Family Boys and Girls Club in Sun Prairie is excited to host "FREE FOR ALL" Friday Nights! Families are welcome to join for basketball, dinner, and connecting with community partners every Friday! Click here for more information.
Committee of the Whole
The Committee of the Whole, consisting of all 8 seated City Council members, addresses multi-committee issues, reviews the annual budget, manages real estate transactions, engages in long-term planning, has the authority to sanction Council members and officials, and handles matters not assigned to specific committees. Chaired by the Council President, it convenes on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 E. Main St., Downtown Sun Prairie, with meeting times occasionally subject to change (refer to the events calendar for specific times).
Check out the latest Committee of the Whole meeting (11/07/2023)
The City Council represents Sun Prairie's citizens, exercising legislative powers for governing the city. Its responsibilities include overseeing city property, finances, infrastructure, and public services, all in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare. The city is divided into four aldermanic districts, each with two alderpersons serving two-year terms. You can determine your district by contacting the City Clerk or checking the district map. City Council convenes regularly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 E. Main Street, Downtown Sun Prairie.
Check out the latest Common Council meeting (11/14/2023)
Sun Prairie Media Center
Sun Prairie Media Center consists of three main entities, each with its own individual mission:
KSUN: The mission of KSUN is to train and nurture Sun Prairie residents in providing original video programming designed to educate, inform, entertain, and enlighten the city of Sun Prairie. KSUN programming should appeal to a wide range of Sun Prairie residents and reflect the diverse nature of the Sun Prairie population.
KIDS-4: The mission of KIDS-4 is to promote media literacy to the youth population of Sun Prairie as well as to teach students all aspects of producing original video and audio content. Students enrolled in KIDS-4 become more discriminating consumers of media, better communicators, better collaborators, and receive vital hands-on experience on a wide range of media-making tools.
103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio: The mission of 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio is to train and nurture Sun Prairie residents in providing original radio and podcast programming designed to educate, inform, entertain, and enlighten the city of Sun Prairie. 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio programming should appeal to a wide range of Sun Prairie residents and reflect the diverse nature of the Sun Prairie population.
Check out the abundance of quality community programming at https://www.sunprairiemediacenter.com/