Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Announces Budget Veto
He is accepting 43 of 44 amendments and asking the Board to consider one amendment that makes cuts to the county executive’s staff.
MILWAUKEE – After working with Supervisors to find areas of compromise and reaching an agreement on the need for new revenue to ensure future sustainability, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that he would veto just one of the County Board’s 44 amendments to his 2017 Budget.
Similar to last year when the county executive accepted 66 of 68 amendments, this year he is accepting 43 of 44 amendments and asking the Board to only consider one amendment that makes significant cuts to the county executive’s staff. This amendment would mean losing 3 of the 8 staff to the county executive.
The county executive is encouraged by the Board’s work on implementing a $30 vehicle registration fee, particularly the Board’s suggestion to implement a taskforce to examine ways to make the VRF more progressive, and looks forward to the opportunity to partner on solutions. While he continues to agree with the assessments of the independently elected comptroller and the independent Public Policy Forum that a $60 VRF is required to sustain County services and investments, the county executive believes the $30 fee will put the County in a stronger, more sustainable position than we would be without it.
The county executive is also accepting the Board’s changes to the GO Pass program and more than $2 million of new parks projects, however, he asked that the Board continue the discussion on how to ensure we can invest in parks and other priorities sustainably. New sources of revenue are required to continue making these types of investments. The Finance Committee had some creative discussion about new sources of revenue, and the county executive is hopeful that these conversations can continue in the coming months so that we can continue to invest in our award-winning Parks system.
The only amendment, out of a total 44 amendments, that the county executive is vetoing cuts the County Executive’s Office staff by $188,150, or approximately three of eight staff members.
Including the county executive, the Office of the County Executive has nine full time employees, the same number as when County Executive Abele took office and the lowest number in the last 20 years. Over the past five years the county executive has worked hard to freeze his budget and get rid of any unnecessary costs. All departments have had to make difficult decisions in light of our fiscal constraints and so has the County Executive’s Office. For example, the county executive got rid of the office vehicle and eliminated County cell phones for County Executive’s Office employees.
Chairman Lipscomb has requested significant changes to the County Board’s budget, including changes to fringe benefits, crosscharges and the transfer of a position to the County Clerk. The county executive is accepting every amendment that the County Board has requested for its own budget, and is asking for the same consideration of his office budget.
“Engaging with supervisors on key issues and improving collaboration and communication has been a key priority for my staff over the past year, and it is a key priority for me moving forward,” County Executive Abele said. “I believe the significant increase in outreach from my office to supervisors is a big part of the reason we were able to find so much common ground in this budget, and will be an important component to our mutual efforts to lobby the state together on issues such as making the VRF more equitable.”
The County Executive’s budget veto statement can be viewed here.
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