High Price Tag for Mifflin Block Party

Madison's Chief of Police says this year's Mifflin Street Block Party cost about $60,000 more than last year's.

City leaders tried to minimize costs by planning work schedules for officers ahead of time. But, students lobbied to move up the party by one week due to final exams.

Chief Noble Wray says that resulted in nearly $100,000 in overtime and other costs for the annual bash. Wray says that figure is close to the city's projections, but he is concerned because costs for planned events like Mifflin continue to increase every year.

"The events are becoming more frequent, in terms of number during year, getting larger... Halloween obviously getting larger."

The price tag also includes what it cost the city to staff the regularly scheduled day of Mifflin on May 7.

The city handed out more than $80,000 in fines stemming from the party on April 30. But the Chief says what the city collects in fines has nothing to do with how officers enforce the rules.

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