Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison, Wisconsin
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General information
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Mayor:Paul Soglin
Mayor party:Non-partisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:20
2014-2015 FY Budget:$275,775,570
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]

Office of the Mayor

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.

Commissions, Boards and Committees

The city council is assisted by several commissions, boards and committees, which are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and commenting upon city policies and legislation. In addition to elected city council members, non-elected citizens may also sit on select advisory boards.[3]

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

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.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here

Budget

Madison's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $275,775,570.[5]

Contact Information

To contact the mayor's office, see here

To contact Madison's city council, see here.

Lobbying

Main article: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

By August, the city of Madison had spent a total of $15,868 on lobbying in 2014.[6]

For a list of lobbyists registered with the city of Madison from 2001-2013, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Dane County, Wisconsin ballot measures

The city of Madison is in Dane County. A list of ballot measures in Maricopa 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
    • Meeting video is available.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[10]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[11]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]

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.

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