Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on Tuesday laid out what he called the toughest capital budget the city has dealt with in the post-World War II era.
And with the city's 2012 operating budget on the horizon, Soglin warned it could get worse.
"It is imperative upon us to reduce borrowing. It's not enough to keep it at the same level as last year," Soglin said.
He said the amount the city owes, combined with shared revenue cuts, makes this the toughest budget the city has seen in nearly 40 years.
Soglin outlined his total capital budget Tuesday afternoon, which totals about $196.5 million. It's $55 million less than the 2011 budget.
Departments requested more than $231 million compared to the $196.5 million the mayor will propose.
Major streets will see the biggest hit -- almost $15 million less than what was requested.
Bike and pedestrian projects will also be cut back, at nearly $6 million.