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Madison Mayor calls for service cuts, tax hike

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Madison (WKOW) - Standing inside one of the city of Madison's oldest fire stations, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz on Tuesday announced details of his proposed 2009 city budget.

"This will not be an easy budget.  Some of it will not be popular," said Mayor Cieslewicz.

He's calling for a property tax hike of just under 3.0%, an increase of Metro bus fares by a total of $0.50, and a slew of city service cuts totaling about $1.3 million.

The mayor said he asked all 50 city agencies to present possible cuts, most of which he accepted.

For example, the streets department will now only collect large trash items twice a month, down from once a week. That will save $230,000.

But the mayor spared vital city services.  The police and fire departments didn't make any cuts, and the mayor is also not asking for changes to snow removal services.

To read the complete city budget and the mayor's 4-page summary, visit the city's website at http://www.cityofmadison.com/comp/budgetindex.htm.

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