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Soglin asks city departments to prepare for same spending, potential cuts in 2014

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin asked all city department and division heads to prepare for similar budgets next year and to prepare for possible, small cuts.

In a letter, Soglin says budget requests should not exceed 2013 amounts. He also asked agencies to prepare an alternate budget that includes specific proposals to reduce requested budgets by 3 percent.

The mayor says the recently adopted state budget for 2013-2015 does not restore cuts in state aid to local governments from the last legislative session, so state aid to Madison will be flat in 2014.

He says this comes at a time when costs for fuel, insurance and infrastructure continue to increase.

Soglin says the city has already committed more than $12 million to things like already-scheduled employee pay increases from the March 2011 labor agreements, anticipated health insurance premium costs and fully funding for staffing the new far-east side fire station. Plus, the mayor says there will be four elections in 2014 which adds an estimated $500,000 to the budget for the City Clerk's Office.

Soglin says the Finance Department projects a gap between revenues and expenditures, but it will be smaller than 2012 and 2013.

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