The WI State Journal nailed it: “If bus rapid transit is the biggest winner in Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s budget, public safety may be the biggest loser.”
Two Madison alders have introduced amendments to Mayor Rhodes-Conway’s budget to add more police officers — 12, in fact, at $1.07 million annually ($607,000 for the 2020 budget year). Alder Paul Skidmore introduced it and, to some suprise, Ald. Bidar-Sielaff is a co-sponsor.
And that insulting police auditor? AKA full-time professional police second guesser? Alders Skidmore and Barbara Harrington-McKinney would zero it out. Savings: $200,000 a year.
Other amendments have been offered to add 10 paramedics to the fire department to staff an ambulance at the new fire station on Femrite Drive on the city’s southeast side. Currently, ambulance service is provided from Monona or McFarland. Cost: $826,000 annually.
The Common Council’s finance committee meets 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 21, in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (across from the City-County Building).
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Anyone who cares about public safety should BE THERE! Correcting the Progressive Dane mayor’s tone-deaf budget is do-able. This Common Council is better than the last one.