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Room tax shortfall

One consequence of the recession is that people aren't doing as much traveling. For Madison, that has meant a serious loss of revenue from the city's room tax. >More
 Citizens over staff

Ald. Paul Skidmore sees the city's numerous committees as a way of getting vital citizen input. That's why he was upset when Mayor Dave Cieslewicz appointed his neighborhood liaison, Joel Plant, to the Public Safety Review Committee. >More
 Madison Central Library has a date with the wrecking ball

Now that the Madison Common Council has approved borrowing $17 million to build a new downtown library, set to open in 2012, what will happen to the old Central Library? >More
 Skidmore: Citizens over mayoral staff on city committees

Ald. Paul Skidmore sees the city's numerous committees as a way of getting vital citizen input. That's why he was upset when Mayor Dave Cieslewicz appointed his neighborhood liaison, Joel Plant, to the Public Safety Review Committee. >More
 Madison faces room tax shortfall

One consequence of the recession is that people aren't doing as much traveling. For Madison, that has meant a serious loss of revenue from the city's room tax. >More
 A touch of flu in Madison schools

Madison schools have seen a slightly higher than normal rate of absenteeism for this time of year, but it's nothing alarming, says district spokesman Ken Syke. >More
 Goodman Center Thanksgiving drive still needs basket items

The Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving food drive is in its final stages, but the center still needs items for its gift baskets. >More
 A most fowl development

Tina Hinchley raised nine turkeys this year on her family's dairy farm in Cambridge. The largest weighs 50 to 60 pounds, and when he's dressed, Hinchley says, he "will have trouble fitting into the oven." Hinchley keeps the birds largely because of the farm's educational and entertainment component; she and her husband give tours and host events. "I think it's important for the kids to know what turkeys look like," says Hinchley. "They're spectacular. It's amazing how enormous they can get in four to six months." >More
 Sheriff's deputies make their presence felt at Dane County budget meetings

During recent budget deliberations by the Dane County Board, one group has consistently stood out. They come dressed in black T-shirts that read: "DCDSA: Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association." Most of the deputies stand silently, while spokespeople condemn the board for contemplating 3% salary cuts with eight furloughed days. >More
 A plan for the MPD Downtown Safety Initiative budget

Madison's Downtown Safety Initiative (DSI) began in 2006 after a string of downtown muggings. The $100,000 annual fund was created to provide for overtime to get more police on the streets late at night. >More
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