A resolution requiring the list of bills the Dane County Board regularly approves to include information on minority- and women-owned business that are receiving payment was approved at the latest Dane County Board meeting.
Dane County Supervisor Anthony Gray (District 14), who represents the western part of the City of Madison, introduced and sponsored the resolution.
“We know we need to do better in Dane County when it comes to racial and social equity. Having this information accessible when we are making important decisions will help us keep it central to the decision-making process,” said Gray in a statement.
The resolution, approved at the Dane County Board Sept. 17 meeting, follows recommendations from two County Board program evaluations completed in the last few years that examined government operations, policies, and practices, including a targeted evaluation of Dane County government contracting and purchasing processes and policies, with a focus on racial and social equity.
“The Dane County Board requests that the list of Bills Over $10,000 referred to the County Board, which is prepared and emailed by the Dane County Controller’s Office to the County Board before each scheduled County Board meeting, include additional information indicating whether each business listed is a minority and/or women-owned business, as self-reported by the business,” the resolution states.
Since the mid-2000s, Dane County leadership has taken steps to examine the causes of racial inequities and developed strategies to eliminate them, the resolution states.