Madison Alders reject business assistance programs

MADISON (WKOW) -- Members of Madison's Common Council voted to approve the termination of the contract to put police officers in the city's four public high schools.

Last month, the Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Educationvoted to end its contractwith the Madison Police Department.

At the time, board president Gloria Reyes told the decision took effect immediately. She said the city needed to sign off so the district could avoid covering the cost of the officers.

The vote during Tuesday night's council meeting was 19 to 1 in favor of terminating the contract.

During the same meeting, council members were faced with a decision on a proposal to create funds to help business owners in Madison.

The proposal would have set aside $750,000 for two programs:

  • $250,000 for the Recovery Program -- designed to help businesses that were damaged during the recent unrest in Madison
  • $500,000 for the Equity Program -- designed to support entrepreneurs of color in Madison

The original proposal would have made the funds available to businesses in the downtown area, but the language was changed to include businesses citywide.

The council rejected the programs, saying they wanted to wait to reconsider.

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