Statement on Action Taken during Today’s Joint Finance Committee Meeting
These legislative improvements will help Milwaukee County expand its impact on economic development and quality of life.
I would like to thank the Joint Finance Committee, who recently approved a legislative package that will positively impact Milwaukee County government. Leading up to this budget season, I met with members of the State Legislature, who expressed a willingness to explore ways to build on the progress Milwaukee County has made in providing more and better services to residents. I suggested that Milwaukee County needed two things from the State Legislature to continue our momentum. First, we need to bolster the role that the County plays in economic development because Milwaukee’s economy drives the state’s economy, and Milwaukee County can do more to spur job growth. Second, the County would benefit tremendously from having the ability to modernize County operations in order to improve our services while using our tax dollars more effectively.
This legislative package addresses both of these aims. It bolsters the County’s role in economic development by equipping the County with tools that allows it to more effectively leverage non-park County land in ways that can lead to the greatest public value. By requiring the approval of the elected Comptroller and a real estate expert appointed by the elected members of the Milwaukee County Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, the new land sales and leases procedure ensures that decisions will be made with expertise while retaining checks and balances.
The package also modernizes County operations by bringing the County’s procurement processes to the 21st century. Modeled after the State procurement process, the new process will allow the County to utilize best practices based on national models. Modern procurement takes the politics out of contracting while encouraging competition among vendors and protecting the fiscal interests of the County. This will not only result in better quality service to citizens, but will also allow the County to become more fiscally sustainable. The County Executive’s role will be to ensure that the County has a robust, transparent, and publicly available process for procuring services and commodities and to direct departments to follow that process. The County Executive will not have any involvement in the review process of any single contract.
Together, these legislative improvements will help Milwaukee County expand its impact on economic development and quality of life in an era of declining resources and will help ensure that our children and grandchildren will continue to enjoy the services that we provide today. I ask the State Legislature and Governor to approve this package.
Press Releases by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Joins Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach in Betting on a Packers VictoryJan 20th, 2017 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
Abele is joining the bet and sweetening the deal by adding in a case of Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous, and sausages from Usingers.
“Congratulations and welcome to the members of the 2017-2018 legislative session.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Announces $4.1 Million HUD Grant to Help Fund County’s Efforts on HomelessnessDec 22nd, 2016 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
An increase of more than $580,000 over last year’s award.
Spotlight on Milwaukee County Workers: County Executive Chris Abele Applauds House of Correction Staff on “Excellent” InspectionsDec 22nd, 2016 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
The state also specifically commended the programming at the HOC.
Spotlight on Milwaukee County Workers: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Honors Employees Making a DifferenceDec 21st, 2016 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
County Executive Abele is putting the spotlight on employees who have gone above and beyond to give back to our community and make a difference.
Spotlight on Milwaukee County Workers: Milwaukee County Fleet Management Awarded “Fleet Top 100” HonorDec 20th, 2016 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
Productivity is up to 98 percent through the use of key performance indicators available to all County employees for complete transparency.