Milwaukee County officials are moving forward with plans to spend nearly $22 million in federal stimulus on renovations to a local community center, improvements to golf courses, testing for lead in water and other projects.
County Executive David Crowley signed into law Wednesday a proposal to use $21.9 million from the American Rescue Plan Act on a series of one-time investments meant to reduce the county’s structural deficit. That deficit, Crowley said in a press release, stems from stagnant revenue-sharing from state government, state-imposed limits on the county’s ability to raise money and increased demand for county services.
“County services – from parks, to transit, to mental health – are relied upon by hundreds of thousands of people each year,” Crowley said in the statement. “Our residents count on us to be able to sustain the services and programs that aim to keep Milwaukee healthy, working, and moving. By signing this legislation today, we help ensure critical services can continue for our community.”
Among the allocations approved by Crowley were:
Many of these projects were identified by a “Fiscal Health Challenge” study conducted by the county’s office of strategy, budget and performance. Others were chosen to allow the county to catch up on deferred maintenance.