County Board’s Flawed Decision Costs Taxpayers $76 Million
Today, a special committee hand-picked by County Board leaders, spent five minutes in open session and quickly voted to not allow the contract.
The Milwaukee County Board today cost taxpayers $76.3 million by rejecting a new transit contract.
MV Transportation, a nationally recognized and respected company, was awarded the transit contract last year after winning a competitive bidding process. Two of the losing bidders filed appeals with the County Board. Today, a special committee hand-picked by County Board leaders, spent five minutes in open session and quickly voted to not allow the contract.
“The decision today upholds the status quo and costs taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. Our transit system has been on life-support for years, this contract would have allowed us to put more money into bus service and remake a broken system,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “The County Board’s decision lacks factual support or legal reasoning and it should concern every resident of Milwaukee County who wants their government to save money and run more efficiently.”
County Executive Abele has directed the Department of Transportation to explore every avenue on how to best move forward.
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