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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

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 Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

2020 Budget Approved

November 19, 2019 1:31 PM

2020 Budget Approved 

Dear Neighbor 

The Madison's City Council adopted a $340.7 million operating budget and a $173.9 million capital budget Wednesday. The operating budget, approved on a voice vote, increases spending over 2019 by 2.6%.

Brief Highlights: 

1) The council voted 12-8 to add three officers at an initial cost next year of $168,000 and an annual cost of $268,200 thereafter, and move $45,000 from the operating to capital budget to offset costs.

2) Adding $200,00 for a position of independent police auditor.

3) An increase in funding for affordable housing projects over the next five years, 

4) MPL made some significant gains in both budgets.  Operating budget funding to secure  additional staff for the new Pinney Library and for a Teen Services Librarian at Goodman South Madison Library. In the Capital Budget, Alders voted to return the Imagination Center back to the CIP after the Mayor had transferred it to the new Horizon Project List. 

5) The increases in property taxes on the average home, valued at $300,967, by $94 or 3.6%. The budget sets the tax levy at $250 million, which is up 3.4% over last year. The capital budget, also approved on a voice vote, relies on $95.7 million in authorized borrowing. Going into the 2020 budget, Madison faced an $11 million gap. For the first time, the operating budget relies on revenue from a $40 vehicle registration fee, also known as a wheel tax, that is projected to bring in $7.9 million annually to close what would have been a major budget hole this year. The fee -- which was approved by the council Oct. 29 on an 11-8 vote -- will take effect Feb. 1. The new revenue will also help implement bus rapid transit.

6) The City Council added three police officers to the Madison Police Department. This change had the largest fiscal impact with a cost of $123,000 in the operating budget and $45,000 in the capital budget.

7) The council also approved a Ninth Ambulance for the fire department, 

8) Vision Zero Traffic Safety. Funding for an analysis of traffic conditions and crash history and implement recommendations that will reduce the severity of specific crashes in west, south, and downtown Madison. 

As an elected official, this was a difficult budget to navigate. Alders unanimously agreed that we begin the process of budget deliberations earlier to determine equitable priorities for our City. We passed a balanced budget. There were many competing priorities within our City that residents valued. As a City we were under heavy levy limit constrains imposed by the State. 

Thank you to District 1 and other city residents who expressed their positions during the budget process. I share below a few responses we received:

To All Alders:

-You should all be ashamed of yourselves. It will be your fault if someone dies because we do not have enough police or ambulances. It's ridiculous that you have meetings at 5:30pm, a time you know most citizens cannot attend. To go along with the mayors pipe dream of causing congestion to force use of mass transit is very short sited and ill advised. 

-What a disappointment that you caved to approve the next budget for the City of Madison! There is so much wrong in the request for 's for the next budget term. How can you justify it? The mayor does not need a police department auditor who will report directly to her...that 200,000 would have paid for several more officers which are more needed than someone who will undermine our already excellent police department! The increase in my taxes is obscene and I am not the only person who this will affect - most all seniors living on their limited income.

-Please keep the independent monitor of the Madison police department in place. People fought hard for this and it is absolutely necessary to control police and prevent crimes like the murder of Paul Heenan. 

-Our neighborhood is very disappointed in this 40 wheel tax. Did you ever think about families raising their children and how much it costs? No, because most of you aren't married. I have a family with 5 children and they need two cars! What should they do about this? The mayor raised our taxes on our houses and then this? Dane County has a wheel tax also. But, I don't think you thought about that! I am a widow that had 3 children to raise at 42 years old. Didn't have any insurance or big money to pay my bills, however, I went to work for the State of Wisconsin, but did't make what my husband made.

He served 10 years in the Air Force. Think about what you have done. No one paid my transportation or bills! Thanks alot!

-I'm ashame(d) to live in a city that devalues blacks and communities of color, I'm sadden we are back at the table, continuing to put black folks in cages and put us in slavery, you want to continue to put bandaids on problems, we know police can't stop crime or violence. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and accept a different result. Because you have failed to serve communities of color, I will be changing my vote at your next election to Vote you out. This is directly to those who vote for more police I vote you out. Our kids and our community suffers because you thinks jails and over policing are solutions to violence because you want to make a profit.

Weekly Meetings

The TFOGS' Draft Final Report that will be discussed at the meeting can be found HERE (Legistar File 58342).Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Location: City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

Room 103A, Madison, WI 53701 

Public Safety Review Committee

Thursday, November 20, 2019

Location: MMB, Room 302, 5:00 pm.; Public Safety Review Committee - Subcommittee 7:15 pm. 

Development Assistance Team

November 21, 2019; 9:00 a.m.

Madison Municipal Building

215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Madison, WI 53701

MMB Room 153

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Informational presentation by Justin Zampari regarding multi-family residential project near the intersection of Midtown Road and Waldorf Blvd. 



Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00 p.m.
King's Kids Academy
8133 Mansion Hill Avenue

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a development proposal for the open properties on the block bounded by Mid Town Road, Waldorf Boulevard, Mayo Drive, and Carns Drive. 


PROJECT (12011)


Speedway will do the over-excavated channel section between cunette and storm boxes under McKenna this fall; it will effectively serve as a 'settling pond' through spring (clean out in spring, as necessary).

Erosion control: Install rock berm upstream of McKenna storm boxes in the over-excavated channel section; top of rock berm will be no taller than the storm box invert, so it will not impede flow of water. Install silt fence near storm box wingwalls upstream end, as needed, to prevent sediment flow from the side slopes into the channel/boxes.


Open sidewalk on hard surface on north side while south side closed. Matt to find out if south needs to be open over winter.  –South side sidewalk needs to be open temp asphalt ok

Place asphalt for sidewalk on south side of McKenna (needed).

NB lanes of McKenna: place permanent binder this fall, as long as subgrade isn't frozen. Looking at doing this Monday (11/18) & Tuesday (11/19).

Private property block walls: Notification require.

Elver Park

Elver Park back lot: 

Additional Information Contact

Matt Allie, PE

City of Madison - Engineering Division

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Rm. 115, Madison, WI  53703. (608) 266-4058


Alternate Side Parking Began November 15th

Alternate side parking is in effect from until March 15 for the entire City of Madison, except for those in the Snow Emergency Zone.  The Snow Emergency Zone has expanded for the winter of 2019 and 2020.

Alternate side parking rules are enforced outside of the Snow Emergency Zone from 1am to 7am seven days a week regardless of weather conditions.

Snow Emergency Zone Information

For the winter of 2019/2020, the Snow Emergency Zone has expanded. A map of the new snow emergency zone area can be found on the City of Madison Winter website.

In this area of Madison, alternate side parking is only enforced during declared snow emergencies.

Residents who park their vehicles on the street within the Snow Emergency Zone are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive email and text message alerts regarding snow emergency declarations at the City of Madison Winter website,

Alternate Side Parking Rules

Vehicles parked on the street should be parked on the odd house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on odd numbered dates.

Vehicles should be parked on the even house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on even numbered dates.

Committee Appointments

District 1 residents if interest in serving on a city board. committee or commission please contact me. 

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