City of
Madison

District 16

Alder Denise DeMarb

Alder Denise DeMarb

Alder Denise DeMarb

Contact Information

Home Address:

6326 Maywick Drive #204
Madison , WI 53718

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 DeMarb’s Updates

Government Refort Initiative -

March 16, 2016 9:20 AM

Ahrens and Clear launch City Government Reform Initiative

Alders David Ahrens and Mark Clear launched a City of Madison Government Reform Initiative

today, proposing a package of changes that would strengthen the Council's ability to shape the

budget and future investment in neighborhoods. Alder Ahrens called the initiative "a reasonable

next step to ensure the integrity of Madison's democratic government."

The initiative includes creating a finance committee appointed by the Council President to

replace the current Board of Estimates, which is appointed and chaired by the Mayor. Alder

Mark Clear, having served as Council President, said the change, "will allow for greater clarity

for the public, and improved legislative oversight of the budget process."

A second change would put the Council President in charge of Alder committee appointments

currently made by the Mayor. Citizen committee appointments would continue to be made by

the Mayor.

The reforms were spurred by discussion in a Council subcommittee on strategic plans and

priorities, to help bring Madison in line with typical practices in Wisconsin cities, and to balance

the responsibility of the executive and legislative branches, especially in the budget process.

Additional changes include extending council leadership terms to two years instead of one, and

renaming the Common Council Organizational Committee to the Common Council Executive

Committee for clarity to the public on its function.

Reiterating the value of these proposals the public, Alder Ahrens said, "We are a city committed

to strong democratic institutions and accountable government. These reforms will position the

Common Council to be more responsive to our neighborhoods and their priorities."

All members of the Council subcommittee have indicated support for the measures (Council

President DeMarb, President Pro Tem Cheeks, former Council Presidents BidarSielaff

and

Clear, Alders Phair and Zellers). After drafting formal language, the reforms will be introduced in

April and could be enacted into law by midMay.





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