Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s recommended budget, presented to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, would not include a property tax increase, a plan the board chairwoman calls “overly simplistic and short-sighted.”
Though not specifying what level of increase she would like to see or a ceiling for that increase, Marina Dmitrijevic said all revenue options would be considered during the board’s review of Abele’s proposal.
“He chose the same-old, same-old policy our prior administration used,” Dmitrijevic said. “He didn’t have to do this freeze.”
Brendan Conway, Abele’s communications director, said the county executive did not see the need to raise taxes. Conway said the lack of cuts for transit and parks show the proposed budget is sustainable, and though Dmitrijevic said some county employees’ health care costs would increase under the proposed budget, Conway said the overall percentage of the costs employees would pay would decrease slightly.
The supervisors will hold their annual public budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Members of the public wishing to speak will be given two minutes to address the board.
Free parking will be available in the Marcus Center’s parking structure.
The Committee on Finance, Personnel and Audit will vote on supervisors’ proposed amendments to the budget starting Oct. 22. The board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 to adopt the amended budget, and any vetoes by Abele will be considered Nov. 14.
— Beth Kevit