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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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{{cityinfobox
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|Image =Madison Seal.jpg
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|City =Madison
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|State =Wisconsin
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|City website =http://www.cityofmadison.com/
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|Mayor =Paul Soglin
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|Mayor image = Paul Soglin 2011.jpg
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|Mayor party = Nonpartisan
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|Last mayoral election =2011
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|Next mayoral election =[[Madison, Wisconsin municipal elections, 2015|April 7, 2015]]
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|Last city council election =2013  
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|Next city council election =[[Madison, Wisconsin municipal elections, 2015|April 7, 2015]]
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|City council seats = 20
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|City budget= $275 million
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|Budget year= 2014-2015
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|Population = 243,344
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|Gender = 50.8% Female
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|Race = White 78.9%<br>Hispanic or Latino 6.8<br>African American 7.3%<br>Asian 7.4%<br>Two or More 3.1%
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|Ethnicity =
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|Unemployment = 6.5%
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|Median income = $53,958
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|High school = 94.8%
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|College = 53.3%
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|Other offices =[[United States congressional delegations from Wisconsin|Wisconsin Congressional Delegation]]<br>[[Wisconsin State Legislature]]<br>[[Wisconsin state executive offices]]
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}}{{tnr}}'''Madison''' is a city in [[Dane County, Wisconsin]], and is the capital city of [[Wisconsin]]. As of 2013, its population was 243,344.<ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/55/5548000.html ''U.S. Census'', "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
  
==Elected Officials==
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==City government==
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::''See also: [[Mayor-council government]]''
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The city of Milwaukee utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.
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===Mayor===
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The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors  and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. [[Paul Soglin]] is the current Mayor of Madison.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/mayors-office ''City of Madison'', "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
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===City council===
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The Madison City Council - called the Common Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is also responsible for approving and adopting the city budget.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/ ''City of Madison'', "City Council," accessed on September 22, 2014]</ref>
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====Membership====
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The city council consists of twenty members, who go by the title of "alders." Each alder is elected by one of Madison's twenty districts, which can be seen on the map below.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/councilMembers/alders.cfm ''City of Madison'', "Common Council: Members," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref> See [http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/councilMembers/alders.cfm here] for a full list of current city council members.
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[[File:Madison Districts.jpg|625px|center|link=Madison, Wisconsin]]
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====Advisory boards====
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A series of advisory boards and committees that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Madison City Council. The roles of these boards and committees are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees ''City of Madison'', "Committees," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
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For a full list of Madison's boards and committees, see [https://madison.legistar.com/Departments.aspx here]
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==Elections==
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===2015===
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::''See also: [[Madison, Wisconsin municipal elections, 2015]]''
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{{Madison, Wisconsin 2015}}
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==Budget==
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Madison's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $275 million.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/documents/2014OpBud/Adopted/005-OpSums.pdf ''City of Madison'' "Madison, WI FY 2014 Adopted Operating Budget Summaries," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref>
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==Contact information==
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'''Office of the City Clerk'''<br>
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Room 103<br>
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City-County Building<br>
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210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.<br>
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Madison, WI 53703<br>
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Phone: (608) 266-4601<br>
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To contact the mayor's office, see [https://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/contact/index.cfm here]
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To contact Madison's city council, see [http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/contact/ here].
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==Lobbying==
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:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
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In 2013, Madison's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $30,307.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000048989&year=2014 ''Open Secrets'', "City of Madison, WI," accessed on August 18, 2014]</ref> The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.<ref>[http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/amended_lda_guide.html ''U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk'', "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/methodology.php ''Open Secrets'', "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014]</ref> The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue.  To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Madison filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below. For a list of lobbyists registered with the city of Madison, see [http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/lobbyist/lobbyistRegistered.cfm here].
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:350px;collapsible=Y;"
 
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| Paul R. Soglin || Mayor
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! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
 
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| Lauren Cnare || Common Council President, 3rd District Alderman
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! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Reports
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! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Issues
 
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| Lisa Subeck || 1st District Alderman
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000048989&year=2013&spec=ECN Economics & Econ Development]
 
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| Bridget R. Maniaci || 2nd District Alderman
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000048989&year=2013&spec=HOU Housing]
 
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| Michael E. Verveer || 4th District Alderman
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000048989&year=2013&spec=URB Urban Development]
 
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| Shiva Bidar-Sielaff || 5th District Alderman
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|[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000048989&year=2013&spec=WAS Hazardous & Solid Waste]
| Marsha A. Rummel || 6th District Alderman
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| Steve King || 7th District Alderman
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| Scott J. Resnick || 8th District Alderman
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| Paul E. Skidmore || 9th District Alderman
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| Brian L. Solomon || 10th District Alderman
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| Chris Schmidt || 11th District Alderman
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| Satya V. Rhodes-Conway || 12th District Alderman
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| Sue Ellingson || 13th District Alderman
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| Tim Bruer || 14th District Alderman
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| Larry Palm || 15th District Alderman
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| Jill Johnson || 16th District Alderman
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| Joseph R. Clausius || 17th District Alderman
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| Anita Weier || 18th District Alderman
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| Mark Clear || 19th District Alderman
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| Matthew J. Phair || 20th District Alderman
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==Lobbying==
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==Ballot measures==
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
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::''See also: [[Dane County, Wisconsin ballot measures]]''
 
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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>
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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>
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The city of Madison is in [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]]. A list of ballot measures in Dane County is available [[Dane County, Wisconsin ballot measures|here]].
  
==Public employee salaries==
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===Initiative process===
:''Main article: [[Madison employee salaries]]''
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::''See also: [[Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin]]''
  
In December of 2010, the city agreed on a new bus contract.  Some provisions of the contract stipulate that older drives cannot increase their [[Wisconsin public pensions|public pensions]] by taking overtime hours.  The new contract was also expected to save the city $400,000 annually.<ref name=bus/>
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The city of Madison's initiative process follows [[Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin #Initiative process features| Wisconsin state law]].
  
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>
 
 
==Website evaluation==
 
==Website evaluation==
 
: ''See also: [[Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites]]''
 
: ''See also: [[Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites]]''
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* Budget
 
* Budget
 
** The most current budget is listed.
 
** 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>
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** Budgets are archived for 14 years.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/budget/index.cfm ''City of Madison'', "Budgets," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Meetings
 
* Meetings
 
** Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.
 
** Meeting minutes are archived for 7 years.
 
** Meeting agendas 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>
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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/ ''City of Madison'', "Meetings," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
** Meeting video is available.
 
** Meeting video is available.
 
* Elected Officials
 
* 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>
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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 ''City of Madison'', "Elected Officials," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Administrative Officials
 
* 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>
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** Department heads are listed for each department.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/cityAgencies.cfm ''City of Madison'', "Agencies," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Building Permits and Zoning
 
* 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>
 
** 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>
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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/ ''City of Madison'', "Permits," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Audits
 
* Audits
 
** The most recent audit is posted.
 
** 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>
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** Audits dating back to 1998 are available.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/financial/index.cfm ''City of Madison'', "Audits," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Contracts
 
* 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>
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** Bids and RFPs are posted online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/contractingPurchasing.cfm ''City of Madison'', "Bids and RFPs," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Public Records
 
* 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>
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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/ ''City of Madison'', "City Clerk," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* Local Taxes
 
* Local Taxes
 
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
 
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** 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>
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** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref>[http://www.cityofmadison.com/Treasurer/ ''City of Madison'', "Treasurer," accessed on November 18, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
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** Public records request form and fee schedule not provided.
 
** Public records request form and fee schedule not provided.
  
==External links==
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==See also==
{{wikipedia entry}}
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*[[Cities in Wisconsin]]
* [http://www.cityofmadison.com/ Madison official site]
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*[[Dane County, Wisconsin]]
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*[[Largest 100 U.S. cities by population]]
  
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==External links==
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*[http://www.cityofmadison.com/ Madison official site]
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*[http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/ Office of the Mayor]
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*[http://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/common-council City Council]
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*[https://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=50000 Madison Municipal Code]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 08:22, 5 December 2014

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Seal.jpg
General information
Paul Soglin 2011.jpg
Mayor:Paul Soglin
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:April 7, 2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:April 7, 2015
City council seats:20
2014-2015 FY Budget:$275 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:243,344
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 78.9%
Hispanic or Latino 6.8
African American 7.3%
Asian 7.4%
Two or More 3.1%
Unemployment:6.5%
Median household income:$53,958
High school graduation rate:94.8%
College graduation rate:53.3%
Related Madison offices
Wisconsin Congressional Delegation
Wisconsin State Legislature
Wisconsin state executive offices
Madison is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, and is the capital city of Wisconsin. As of 2013, its population was 243,344.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Milwaukee utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Paul Soglin is the current Mayor of Madison.[2]

City council

The Madison City Council - called the Common Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is also responsible for approving and adopting the city budget.[3]

Membership

The city council consists of twenty members, who go by the title of "alders." Each alder is elected by one of Madison's twenty districts, which can be seen on the map below.[4] See here for a full list of current city council members.

Madison Districts.jpg

Advisory boards

A series of advisory boards and committees that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Madison City Council. The roles of these boards and committees are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Madison's boards and committees, see here

Elections

2015

See also: Madison, Wisconsin municipal elections, 2015

The city of Madison, Wisconsin will hold elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. A primary will take place on February 17, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 6, 2015. All 20 city council seats are up for election.[6][7]

Budget

Madison's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $275 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the City Clerk
Room 103
City-County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4601

To contact the mayor's office, see here

To contact Madison's city council, see here.

Lobbying

Main article: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

In 2013, Madison's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $30,307.[9] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Madison filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below. For a list of lobbyists registered with the city of Madison, see here.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
1 Economics & Econ Development
1 Housing
1 Urban Development
1 Hazardous & Solid Waste

Ballot measures

See also: Dane County, Wisconsin ballot measures

The city of Madison is in Dane County. A list of ballot measures in Dane County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin

The city of Madison's initiative process follows Wisconsin state law.

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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
    • Meeting video is available.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[14]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[15]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[16]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[17]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[18]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]

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.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 18, 2014
  2. City of Madison, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 18, 2014
  3. City of Madison, "City Council," accessed on September 22, 2014
  4. City of Madison, "Common Council: Members," accessed on August 18, 2014
  5. City of Madison, "Committees," accessed on August 18, 2014
  6. City of Madison, "Election Schedule," accessed September 19, 2014
  7. City of Madison, "Campaign Finance and Candidate Information for 2015," accessed October 17, 2014
  8. City of Madison "Madison, WI FY 2014 Adopted Operating Budget Summaries," accessed on August 18, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Madison, WI," accessed on August 18, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of Madison, "Budgets," accessed on November 18, 2012
  13. City of Madison, "Meetings," accessed on November 18, 2012
  14. City of Madison, "Elected Officials," accessed on November 18, 2012
  15. City of Madison, "Agencies," accessed on November 18, 2012
  16. Madison, Wisconsin, Zoning, Accessed: November 18, 2012
  17. City of Madison, "Permits," accessed on November 18, 2012
  18. City of Madison, "Audits," accessed on November 18, 2012
  19. City of Madison, "Bids and RFPs," accessed on November 18, 2012
  20. City of Madison, "City Clerk," accessed on November 18, 2012
  21. City of Madison, "Treasurer," accessed on November 18, 2012