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UPDATE: Madison alders approve nearly $333 million capital budget

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Madison Common Council approves a $332.8 million capital budget for 2018.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the budget provides $6.3 million for building a new fire station on the southeast side, $4.5 million for improvements to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and $8 million for a new Pinney Library on the east side.

The council decided to keep funding where it is for a Madison Public Market, but removed $123,000 to do a pilot program on police body cameras. There's also money in the budget to reconstruct Monroe Street on the near west side, $15.3 million.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports alders also included $500,000 for community outreach and pre-design on a facility in Reindahl Park. The city is set to build a $17.1 million, 40,000 square foot "Reindahl Imagination Center" starting in 2023. The newspaper reports the building would have space for city agencies, as well as a library and community center.

The 2018 budget anticipates nearly $158 million in borrowing.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's city council is finalizing next year's spending plan.
    Alders are working through amendments to the capital and operating budgets.
    One of the proposed changes to the capital budget would hold the line on city spending for a public market.
    But, alders rejected that amendment on a 15-5 vote.
    Another amendment would provide $123,000 to start a body camera pilot program for police officers in the north district.     
    If the council doesn't complete its work Monday, it set aside time Tuesday to finish up.

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