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{{Muni scope update|Month=October 2013|Reason=Needs full update}}{{tnr}}'''Madison''' is the capital city of [[Wisconsin]].
 
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'''Madison''' is the capital city of [[Wisconsin]].
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==Website evaluation==
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: ''Main article: [[Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites]]''
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{{City transparency checklist |
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Rating                    = {{Rating6}} |
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Budget                    = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Meetings                  = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Elected Officials        = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Administrative Officials  = {{partial}} |
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Building permits and zoning = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Audits                    = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Contracts                = {{partial}} |
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Lobbying                  = {{no (Sunshine Review)}} |
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Public records            = {{partial}} |
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Local taxes                = {{yes}} |
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}}
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===The good===
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* Budget
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** The most current budget is listed.
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** Budgets are archived for 14 years.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/index.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Budgets, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Meetings
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** Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.
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** Meeting agendas are archived for 7 years.
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** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/meetings/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Meetings, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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** Meeting video is available.
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* Elected Officials
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** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/councilMembers/alders.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Elected Officials, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Administrative Officials
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** Department heads are listed for each department.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/cityAgencies.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Agencies, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Building Permits and Zoning
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** Zoning ordinances are posted online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/bi/zoning/14/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Zoning, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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** Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/bi/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Permits, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Audits
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** The most recent audit is posted.
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** Audits dating back to 1998 are available.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/financial/index.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Audits, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Contracts
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** Bids and RFPs are posted online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/contractingPurchasing.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Bids and RFPs, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Public Records
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** The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk position.  This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', City Clerk, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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* Local Taxes
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** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
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** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
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** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Treasurer/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Treasurer, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
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===The bad===
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* Administrative Officials
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** Personalized emails are not provided for all administrative officials.
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* Contracts
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** Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
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* Lobbying
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** If the city engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Colorado government sector lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed, nor is the total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
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* Public Records
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** Public records request form and fee schedule not provided.
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==Elected Officials==
 
==Elected Officials==
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:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
 
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
  
In 2011, Madison spent $15,487 on lobbying efforts. <ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000048989&year=2011 Madison, Wisconsin - Open Secrets]</ref>
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In 2011, Madison spent $15,487 on lobbying efforts.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000048989&year=2011 Madison, Wisconsin - Open Secrets]</ref>
  
In the 2005-2006 Legislative Session, Madison spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things.<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying", February 21, 2007]</ref>
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In the 2005-2006 Legislative Session, Madison spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things.<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying," February 21, 2007]</ref>
  
 
==Public employee salaries==
 
==Public employee salaries==
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The highest paid bus driver in 2009 earned over $159,000, $79,000 of which was in overtime, while seven other bus drivers made more than $100,000 that year.<ref name=bus>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_257059de-0285-11e0-8d22-001cc4c03286.html ''State Journal'', New bus contract would 'substantially eliminate' possibility of drivers earning six-figure pay, Dec. 8, 2010]</ref>
 
The highest paid bus driver in 2009 earned over $159,000, $79,000 of which was in overtime, while seven other bus drivers made more than $100,000 that year.<ref name=bus>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_257059de-0285-11e0-8d22-001cc4c03286.html ''State Journal'', New bus contract would 'substantially eliminate' possibility of drivers earning six-figure pay, Dec. 8, 2010]</ref>
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==Website evaluation==
 +
: ''See also: [[Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites]]''
 +
{{City transparency checklist |
 +
Rating                    = {{Rating6}} |
 +
Budget                    = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Meetings                  = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Elected Officials        = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Administrative Officials  = {{partial}} |
 +
Building permits and zoning = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Audits                    = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Contracts                = {{partial}} |
 +
Lobbying                  = {{no (Sunshine Review)}} |
 +
Public records            = {{partial}} |
 +
Local taxes                = {{yes}} |
 +
}}
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===The good===
 +
* Budget
 +
** The most current budget is listed.
 +
** Budgets are archived for 14 years.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/index.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Budgets, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Meetings
 +
** Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.
 +
** Meeting agendas are archived for 7 years.
 +
** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/meetings/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Meetings, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
** Meeting video is available.
 +
* Elected Officials
 +
** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/councilMembers/alders.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Elected Officials, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Administrative Officials
 +
** Department heads are listed for each department.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/cityAgencies.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Agencies, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Building Permits and Zoning
 +
** Zoning ordinances are posted online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/bi/zoning/14/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Zoning, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
** Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/bi/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Permits, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Audits
 +
** The most recent audit is posted.
 +
** Audits dating back to 1998 are available.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/financial/index.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Audits, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Contracts
 +
** Bids and RFPs are posted online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/contractingPurchasing.cfm ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Bids and RFPs, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Public Records
 +
** The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk position.  This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', City Clerk, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
* Local Taxes
 +
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
 +
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 +
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Treasurer/ ''Madison, Wisconsin'', Treasurer, Accessed: November 18, 2012]</ref>
 +
 +
===The bad===
 +
* Administrative Officials
 +
** Personalized emails are not provided for all administrative officials.
 +
* Contracts
 +
** Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
 +
* Lobbying
 +
** If the city engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Colorado government sector lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed, nor is the total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
 +
* Public Records
 +
** Public records request form and fee schedule not provided.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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[[Category:Cities in Wisconsin]]
 
[[Category:Cities in Wisconsin]]
 
[[Category:Rated Wisconsin cities]]
 
[[Category:Rated Wisconsin cities]]
[[Category:Rated Wisconsin cities]]
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[[Category:Top 10 project]]
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[[Category:100 largest United States cities by population]]

Revision as of 07:26, 20 March 2014


Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin.

Elected Officials

Official Office
Paul R. Soglin Mayor
Lauren Cnare Common Council President, 3rd District Alderman
Lisa Subeck 1st District Alderman
Bridget R. Maniaci 2nd District Alderman
Michael E. Verveer 4th District Alderman
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff 5th District Alderman
Marsha A. Rummel 6th District Alderman
Steve King 7th District Alderman
Scott J. Resnick 8th District Alderman
Paul E. Skidmore 9th District Alderman
Brian L. Solomon 10th District Alderman
Chris Schmidt 11th District Alderman
Satya V. Rhodes-Conway 12th District Alderman
Sue Ellingson 13th District Alderman
Tim Bruer 14th District Alderman
Larry Palm 15th District Alderman
Jill Johnson 16th District Alderman
Joseph R. Clausius 17th District Alderman
Anita Weier 18th District Alderman
Mark Clear 19th District Alderman
Matthew J. Phair 20th District Alderman

Lobbying

Main article: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

In 2011, Madison spent $15,487 on lobbying efforts.[1]

In the 2005-2006 Legislative Session, Madison spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things.[2]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Madison employee salaries

In December of 2010, the city agreed on a new bus contract. Some provisions of the contract stipulate that older drives cannot increase their public pensions by taking overtime hours. The new contract was also expected to save the city $400,000 annually.[3]

The highest paid bus driver in 2009 earned over $159,000, $79,000 of which was in overtime, while seven other bus drivers made more than $100,000 that year.[3]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 14 years.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 7 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
    • Meeting video is available.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[6]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[7]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[8]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[9]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[10]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[11]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[12]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[13]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Personalized emails are not provided for all administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • Lobbying
    • If the city engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed, nor is the total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • Public Records
    • Public records request form and fee schedule not provided.

External links


References