Madison alders approve nearly $333 million 2018 budget

 The Madison Common Council approves a $332.8 million capital budget for 2018.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the budget provides $6.3 million for building a new fire station on the southeast side, $4.5 million for improvements to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and $8 million for a new Pinney Library on the east side.

The council decided to keep funding where it is for a Madison Public Market, but removed $123,000 to do a pilot program on police body cameras. There's also money in the budget to reconstruct Monroe Street on the near west side, $15.3 million.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports alders also included $500,000 for community outreach and pre-design on a facility in Reindahl Park. The city is set to build a $17.1 million, 40,000 square foot "Reindahl Imagination Center" starting in 2023. The newspaper reports the building would have space for city agencies, as well as a library and community center.

The 2018 budget anticipates nearly $158 million in borrowing.

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