A divide in the Common Council

Madison city government failed at one of its fundamental tasks in 1967, ending the year without an adopted 1968 budget. It was, one alder said, “the city’s darkest moment.”

The crisis began in early November, when the Board of Estimates cut $500,000 from the $26.1 million school budget. Back then, the city set the appropriation for the schools; all the Board of Education could do was decide how to spend the money the city authorized.