2009 City Budget Cuts Firefighters
Each year the City of Milwaukee goes through a public lashing as Mayor Tm Barrett attempts to create next year’s budget. This year was no different than the last few where items like increasing fees and cutting staff have been on the agenda. This upcoming budget includes an increase to the snow removal fee, and a 4.8 percent rise in property taxes. Mayor Barrett had proposed a 28 percent increase to the solid waste fee to avoid the closing of two libraries, the shutting down of two engine companies, and leaving 56 police officer jobs vacant. The Common Council rejected this increase but even had they approved this increase, cuts to the number of firefighters on ladder crews, reduction of one engine crew, and cuts to other city services would still of been needed.
On a lighter note, the most interest comment of the night was one ladies’ suggestion that the City of Milwaukee should start a program to kill or trap squirrels which would save the city money because of all the property damage these squirrels cause. It is likely that the number of libraries to be closed will be less than proposed and fewer firefighters will be cut than proposed but the squirrel population is probably safe.