Maybe Madison Mayor Gene Hexom was just trying to put a happy face on things. But sometimes, even our good-hearted mayor stretches the truth a bit.
In Monday's Madison Daily Leader, Mayor Hexom responded to a question about the state of city-county cooperation by offering MDL's roving reporter Elisa Sand "numerous examples where the agencies work together." Hexom cited, among other things, Lake County's support of the Madison Public Library.
Mayor Hexom's statement is technically correct... or at least it was in 2007, when the county commission authorized $800 for Culture and Recreation.
$800. Out of a $4.3 million county budget. Out of a $380,000 operating budget for the library. $800—that's 0.2% of the library's budget.
To say the county cooperates with the city on the library is like saying I work for Amert Construction because I once held the door for Don when he walked out of the lumberyard with a sack of nails.
I appreciate Mayor Hexom's ability to put a happy face on even the smallest of good things in our community. Perhaps our new county commissioners will give Mayor Hexom something much more substantial to crow about by fostering more practical cooperation between our governing agencies.
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