County Executive Chris Abele
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Milwaukee County Board Raises Taxes $6.3 Million

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors was given the unique opportunity today to make history and decrease taxes for Milwaukee County residents; instead they choose to raise taxes to pad their own benefits and support their own pet projects.

By - Nov 14th, 2012 04:31 pm

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors was given the unique opportunity today to make history and decrease taxes for Milwaukee County residents; instead they choose to raise taxes to pad their own benefits and support their own pet projects.

Supervisors added $6.3 million to the tax levy one day after County Executive Chris Abele used his veto pen to reduce taxes $2.4 million – what would have been the biggest tax decrease since at least 1994.

“My vetoes struck a number of strong compromises with Supervisors while lowering the property tax rate. It’s a shame the Board decided to throw that all away and continued their attack on me and taxpayers,” Abele said. “As I’ve said all along, the Board should vet my proposed budget, but the undisciplined decisions they made today are putting Milwaukee County on a dangerous fiscal path.”

Among the Board’s actions today:

  • Stuck taxpayers with a $3.6 million bill to pay for employee healthcare accounts of up to $1,800.
  • Rejected the County/City Parks Patrol Plan that has the support of the County Executive, Mayor of Milwaukee, MPD, Milwaukee Common Council, majority of Suburban Mayors and Police Chiefs and saves taxpayers $1.5 million.
  • Put millions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs in jeopardy by attempting to fire the Economic Development Director.
  • Cut $100,000 in funding to important social service programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals to create a redundant loan program.

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