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Milwaukee County board delays action on land sales resolution veto

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on Thursday delayed action on County Executive Chris Abele’s veto of a July resolution that would have created an ordinance governing procedure for future land sales.

Abele vetoed the resolution, claiming it would hinder the county’s economic development office from pursuing future land sales. The resolution would have required the board to determine how to approach each land sale individually, which supervisors say would codify current practices. Supervisors Patricia Jursik, who sponsored the resolution, and Steve Taylor are working with Brian Taffora, Abele’s director of economic development, to amend the resolution so that it will be acceptable to both the board and executive.

Taylor said he expects the amended resolution to be presented Sept. 19 to the Economic and Community Development Committee. Action on the veto was delayed to give supervisors time to consider the amended resolution.

— Beth Kevit

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