Operating Budget $568.4 Million
The operating budget provides money for running City departments and services. It pays for the day-to-day spending on employees and materials and supplies.
Developing the 2018 Operating Budget
General Fund $314.8 Million
The General Fund is the City’s largest fund for operations and supports the majority of services provided by the City. It is primarily supported by property taxes paid by Madison home owners and businesses. Policy-makers have the most management flexibility over how dollars are spent.
Other Funds $253.6 Million
These funds are restricted for a specific purpose and generally support specific services through user charges or grants. Metro Transit, CDA Housing Operations, and Public Health all receive a City subsidy to support operations. Funds in this report include: the City’s Utility funds (Landfill, Parking, Sewer, Stormwater, Transit, and Water), Internal Service Funds (Fleet, Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation), Community Development Authority, Monona Terrace and Room Tax, and Public Health.