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The Budget Conversations are now closed to new ideas, commenting and voting. We have now moved on to the next step. City staff is excited to start reviewing and considering ideas. Stay tuned. Thanks so much for your participation in the budget process.

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Madison supports employment and the growth of quality jobs and development through the support of skills training programs for adults and youth, economic services including business loans, industrial revenue bonds, rental rehabilitation loans, TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) and support of small businesses and business incubators.

Invent & Create

Research (biological, physical and engineering) and software publishing are the fastest growing local industries, and the City of Madison is committed to sharing data to improve collaboration with local innovators.

Get Around

Madison residents travel on well-maintained roads, intersections, sidewalks, and bikeways to get around the city. Metro Transit provides nearly 15 million rides a year on its award winning bus network.

Build Opportunity for All

The City supports quality child care, elementary afterschool and youth programs, services for older adults, and culturally specific programs that address basic needs.

Be Healthy & Safe

The Police and Fire Departments protect residents and businesses. Through partnerships with non-profits the City supports services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, parents under stress and runaway and homeless youth.

From air quality to immunizations, Public Health Madison & Dane County protects people from diseases, environmental threats and promotes healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

The Water Utility maintains clean and affordable water for public health, fire suppression and economic vitality.

Recycling, garbage, leaf and brush collection help Madison lakes and land healthy.


The City plans for and supports healthy dynamic neighborhoods and neighborhood centers that provide focal points for neighborhoods. Homeless services provide support and the city is working to expand access to and improve the quality of affordable housing.


Street vending, Meet and Eat neighborhood events, sidewalk cafes, excellent Madison restaurants, community gardens, and a new public market are just a slice of the growing movement to build access to healthy and delicious foods throughout the City.

Play & Enjoy

Theatre, dance, libraries, music, and a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the City offer fun for everyone. Madison's lakes, parks, open spaces and bike paths provide opportunities to enjoy the natural environment. With nine locations frequent special events and a bookmobile - the Madison Public Library encourages life-long exploration!

New Ideas

Can't find a topic that suits your idea? Add to the general topic ideas!

How does IdeaScale work?

  1. Users submit their ideas

    In this on-line community you submit your ideas. To submit an idea click on the button below or go to City of Madison IdeaScale. After logging in, you will be asked to add a title and choose a campaign for your new idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea.

  2. Our community discusses and votes for ideas
    • To vote on an idea, simply click the "up" or "down" Thumb to the left of the idea title/description.
    • To add a comment, click on the box below the idea.
    • Invite your friends to join the conversation. Simply click one of the "Social Web" links to the left of the campaign or idea.
  3. The best ideas bubble up to the top

    Ideas that earn the most votes will be discussed at the budget conversations.