David Schmiedicke is currently the Finance Director for the City of Madison, Wisconsin.  In that role, he assists the Mayor and Common Council in developing and implementing an operating budget of nearly $500 million and a capital budget of approximately $200 million annually, oversees the city’s accounting and payroll system, and manages the city’s debt portfolio.  The City’s Finance Department is also responsible for purchasing, ambulance billing, central administrative support, and document services functions.

David is a career budget and finance professional with over 25 years of experience. He was appointed by Governors of both parties to serve as State of Wisconsin Budget Director and Deputy State Budget Director from 2001 to 2011.  In that capacity, he oversaw development of the state’s $60 billion biennial budget, management of the state’s enterprise accounting function, and implementation of the state’s capital finance and debt management activities.  David has also served as Secretary of the State of Wisconsin Building Commission and Administrator of the State of Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development, helping to manage the State of Wisconsin’s annual building program.  

As a budget and finance professional, David has analyzed and reviewed a variety of user fee options.  At the State of Wisconsin, user fees support a wide-array of services including transportation, conservation programs, and higher education services.  The City of Madison has utilized user fees primarily in the areas of sewer, water and storm water services.