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District 15

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Contact Information

Home Address:

4117 Major Ave.
Madison , WI 53716

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Ahrens’ Updates

Brush pick-up, Tax Credits, Voter ID and Doyle Square

March 30, 2016 3:57 PM

                                                     April 2016 Update

Vote on April 5th: If you want to vote you must present a photo ID. If you have not registered to vote, additional documents are necessary. Please go to the website below for all of the information on photo ID and registration.

Brush and Yard Waste Pick-up Begins this Monday,April 4th. Collection will begin in the areas with a Monday refuse collection day.  Once crews have finished collecting from each street in that area, they will move into the area of the city that has a Tuesday refuse collection day and so on.

Crews will complete two official rounds of curbside collection before ending for the season.  Material set out after the second round of collection will not be collected until the start of the fall leaf collection in late September.  

When setting out yard waste, residents can pile the material loose on the terrace or curbside.  Residents can also place yard waste into open compostable paper bags, or in open plastic bags.  If bags are used, they should not be tied closed. 

Yard waste is considered leafy plant material.  Examples include pulled weeds, fallen leaves, and garden debris and twigs that are less than 18 inches long.  For more information see

Yard waste should not be mixed with brush.  Brush and yard waste are processed differently, so they should not be comingled.  Piles of comingled yard waste and brush will not be collected.

Crews will pick brush continuously throughout the spring, summer, and early fall.  Brush collection will end in late September when the personnel is needed for the fall leaf collection.  The actual end of brush collection and the start of fall leaf collection is weather dependent. 

Brush is woody material that is longer than 18 inches, but shorter than 8 feet long.  Brush should be set out with the cut ends facing the same direction.  Do not place brush into containers or bags.   Please do not tie brush together, or mix other material with it.  For more information see:

Residents and taxpayers can also use the city of Madison drop off facilities.  Brush and yard waste can be brought to 4602 Sycamore Ave. 

The drop off sites is currently open seven days a week.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the sites are open 8:30am to 4:30pm.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the sites are open 8:30am to 8:00pm.  These hours will remain in place until 12/4/16.

All users of the drop off site are expected to show proof of residency to use the facility.


 The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal benefit designed to boost the incomes of lower-wage workers. It provides a payment to qualified single workers who earn as much as $47,747, or married couples earning up to $53,267.  (See the table below for a summary of benefits.)

 The IRS estimates that nearly one in five eligible workers miss out on the EITC benefit because they do not know about it, do not realize that they are eligible to receive it, or do not know how to claim it.

Free tax assistance is available at the Richard Dilley Tax Center located in the Villager Mall, at 2300 South Park Street. This volunteer site is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday through April 16, without appointment. Help is also available from trained volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout Madison, including the Senior Center, the Central Library, and several library branches.

The EITC credit varies depending on the amount of earned income and the number of dependent children in the taxpayer's household. The maximum credit for 2015 is:

? $6,242 for a household with three or more children and earned income up to $47,747 ($53,267 for a married couple, filing jointly)

? $5,548 for a household with two children and income up to $44,454 (49,974 for a married couple, filing jointly)

? $3,359 for a household with one child and income up to $39,131 ($44,651 for a married couple, filing jointly)

? $503 for a household with no children and income up to $14,820 ($20,330 for a married couple, filing jointly)

The State of Wisconsin provides an additional credit to families with children that qualify for the federal EITC.

Judge Doyle Square is Back! For the third time in as many years, the Mayor has proposed a big project downtown which is, as always, called Judge Doyle Square. This year's version is different in that one of the two proposals has not requested any city support either through a loan or grant. The other proposal has requested a loan of over $20 million and a grant of two plots of land that have an assessed value of about $14 million.

Both of the proposals have similar elements:

A new Government East parking ramp. This is a big ticket item (up to $30 million) with tremendous difference in cost whether the ramp is build above or below ground. The ramp would be paid by revenues and loans through the Parking Utility.
A hotel with 250-280 rooms. Beitler's hotel is smaller, more affordable (but still quite high end) and pays for its own parking. Vermillon's hotel is very high priced and requires the city to fund much of its parking structure.
Beitler proposes building about 200 "market rate" (expensive) rental apartments, a high-end supermarket and other retail.
Vermillon proposes either apartments and/or offices.

There is disagreement as to whether the parking should be above or below ground. Building parking below ground costs about twice as much per space as above ground. Also above ground parking- if it is built on a flat plane- can be converted to other uses if there is reduced use of private automobiles in the future.

These projects each have substantially different design concepts which you can see for yourself at

I favor the project that costs the citizens of the city as little as possible. The difference between the two is well over $30 million. I see no reason to pay one developer a huge sum when the other will do the same work for nothing.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns on city policy or services. I can be reached at or at 334 1156.

Positively Eastside,


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