Madison block party police costs down this year

CREATED Jun 24, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police costs for patrolling the Mifflin Street Block Party took a big drop this year.

Costs for policing the annual event marking the end of the UW-Madison school year came in at just over $141,000 this year.

That's nearly $54,000 less than last year's event, which had a price tag approaching $200,000.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin had hoped to see police costs cut in half this year.

But Soglin tells the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/12XWcDb) officials are "really pleased with the outcome," and hope next year's event will be even more successful.

Police and city officials had been hoping to end the block party after two stabbings and three sexual assaults took place during the 2011 event.

This year's event saw no arrests and just a handful of citations.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj