What’s on County Executive Chris Abele’s Holiday Wish List?
1. Power 2. More Power 3. Less Public Oversight
“While we are still analyzing the draft bill, the legislation appears designed to further consolidate additional powers into the Office of the Milwaukee County Executive at the expense of other branches of local government,” said Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., in responding to LRB 2669/1.
All governments, including Milwaukee County, are better able to represent the people when there is a system of checks and balances in place.
The proposed legislation grants the County Executive unchecked authority to increase or decrease appropriations if revenues or expenditures change from the time a biennial budget became effective.
“Granting one politician this type of unilateral decision-making authority over a $2.6 billion biennial budget, without public oversight or citizen participation, is anti-democratic, would breed bureaucratic mismanagement, and invite corruption,” Lipscomb added.
What other County Executive, Governor or President has been granted this level of unilateral expenditure authority of taxpayer dollars without public or legislative oversight?
In order to ensure that local voices are heard on this matter, the County Board will initiate a public discussion in Milwaukee County of these proposed governance shifts. The County Executive is hereby invited to the testimony table to answer questions locally about this proposal and his involvement in it.
Press Releases by Theodore Lipscomb
MILWAUKEE – Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., has made special arrangements to provide County Executive Chris Abele with an opportunity to present the details of his 2017 Recommended Budget to the County Board of Supervisors on October 3, 2016, at 3:00pm. County Executive Abele will present his Recommended Budget to the Committee of the Whole […]
Board Chairman Lipscomb and Parks Committee Chair Haas Announce 9/13/2016 Public Hearing on Pokemon Go and 2017 Parks Budget RequestSep 12th, 2016 by Theodore Lipscomb
Invite Public to Testify about Pokemon GO in the Park and Proposed Parking Meters on the Lakefront
Asks, “Who would want to impose a tax on Independence Day celebrations and family picnics at the lakefront?”
I am excited to announce the historic appointment of Supervisor Peggy A. West as Chairwoman of Milwaukee County’s Finance Committee.
Promises to Be an Accessible and Accountable Board Leader