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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin October 2015
City News & Updates
Executive 2016 Operating Budget
Our great city continues to be among the top places to live in the country. One of the key elements of those rankings is affordability - making sure that Madison has a high quality of life at a reasonable price. Making Madison an equitable place for all is about prioritizing our investments while keeping costs moderate. It is about investing in what makes Madison great and matching the growth in the cost of government to what our citizens can afford.
While our regional economy is one of the strongest in the state and nation, we must continue to be responsible in the level of tax payer resources used to support our wide array of services. We must continue to strive to do more with limited resources. We must continue to identify and implement a combination of strategies which help our businesses, families and children to thrive and prosper.
My 2016 budget limits the growth in taxes on the average value home to 2.9 percent, a $66 increase over 2015.
2015 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable: Strong Leaders, Healthy Neighborhoods
Join me at Warner Park Community Recreation Center on Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable provides an opportunity for neighborhood and business association leaders, residents, community organizations and other stakeholders to learn, share and network about ways to make neighborhoods great places to live and do business!
Workshop schedule and registration at www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods
Two Events Celebrate Local Authors; Preview Wisconsin Book Festival
Book lovers, get ready for the Wisconsin Book Festival! The four-day festival will take place between October 22-25, in and around the Madison Public Library's Central Library in downtown Madison.
The festival will feature more than 60 events with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed.
- 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles
- New York Times Bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi for The Republic of Imagination
- Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss for Once In a Great City
- The New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris for Between You and Me
- Wisconsin's own master storyteller Nickolas Butler for Beneath the Bonfire
- Caldecott medalist and beloved children's book author Kevin Henkes for Waiting
- Acclaimed journalist Evan Thomas for Being Nixon
- Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich for Saving Capitalism
- National Book Award winner Timothy Egan for The Big Burn
- 2015-16 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser
See the full festival lineup at www.wisconsinbookfestival.org
The City of Madison will begin the annual Fall Leaf Collection on Monday October 5th. The Streets Division will continue to collect leaves as long as the weather permits through late November and early December.
Streets Division crews will begin collecting leaves in Monday's refuse collection districts. After completing collection in Monday's area, crews will move into the Tuesday districts, then Wednesday's districts, followed by the Thursday and then Friday refuse districts. Upon completion of Friday's refuse district, crews will begin the cycle again in Monday's district.
Be part of the a city-wide effort to reduce energy consumption by making cool choices for a Green Madison
Madison residents--including employees from more than 40 diverse Madison businesses and organizations, including UW Health, American Family Insurance, MG&E, TDS Telecom, and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce are taking part in Cool Choices, an online sustainability game that encourages sustainable behaviors like turning off the lights when leaving a room or biking instead of driving. The game platform also calculates carbon and energy savings as players log their sustainable actions on a daily basis.
Find more information on all Green Madison initiatives at: www.greenmadison.org
Do you know how to find the Big and Little Dippers in the night sky? How about Orion the hunter or the queen Cassiopeia? Well, here's your chance to find out! Madison Parks and UW Space Place offer a quarterly stargazing program in our parks. UW Space Place leads each session that begins just after sunset with a 20-30 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will set up one of the moderate aperture (8"-10") telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. All ages welcome.
Monday, October 12, 2015, 6:30-7:30 pm, Elver Park Shelter
Art Experiences The Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
PHOENIX: The Pynk Phoenix Exchange
Featuring work from twenty different artists, The Pynk Phoenix Exchange is a collective exhibit of each artist's interpretation of a pynk phoenix. The public in invited to come and vote on the favorite Phoenix for the month of October. The Phoenix with the most votes will be announced November 6.
- Voter Education Ambassador Training
10/09/2015 Madison Water Utility
- Family Fun Night: When the Animals Dance: Yoga Stories and Songs with Clare Norelle
10/09/2015 Goodman South Madison Library
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - October 11
10/11/2015 Turville Point Conservation Park
- Meet the Author: Greg Peck
10/13/2015 Madison Senior Center
- FREE Guided Conservation Tour - October 14
10/14/2015 Owen Conservation Park
- Chief Koval's Community Forum
10/14/2015 North District Police Station
- Gynecological Cancers
10/15/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale
10/17/2015 Westgate Mall
- FREE Bird & Nature Guided Walk - October 18
10/18/2015 Warner Park
- A Guide to Mindful Spending
10/20/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Wisconsin Book Festival
10/22/2015 to 10/25/2015 Central Library
- Chief Koval's Community Forum
10/22/2015 Olson Elementary School
- Voter Education Ambassador Training
10/27/2015 Madison Water Utility
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!
- Mass Transit 40 Under 40
- Community Conversation on Community/Police Relations
- Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Skatepark Now Open!
- Artists with Disabilities Showcase
- Madison Public Libraries Closed September 7th
- Black and Latino Unity Picnic
- Top of State "Partner Showcase"
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