What is Supervisor Coggs Thinking?
At a time when Milwaukee County is cutting transit service and neglecting our parks, Supervisor Elizabeth Coggs is promoting a $3,600 pay raise for Milwaukee County Board members. This raise would be in the form of a $300 per month transportation allowance and although this new benefit would only cost Milwaukee County an additional $68,400 per year, just the mere requesting of these funds is troubling. It’s troubling because it shows a clear disconnect between Supervisor Coggs and the citizens of Milwaukee. While they are struggling to pay their mortgage and fill up their gas tanks it seems inappropriate for an elected official to be asking for a raise, especially a transportation allowance.
Currently the Milwaukee County Board is attempting to pass a sales tax referendum to gain support for the creation of a dedicated funding source for parks and mass transit. It is one thing to debate a sales tax to preserve Milwaukee County services that taxpayers count on and enjoy but it is a completely different thing to push for a raise. Because of rising transportation costs regular citizens around the country are flocking to mass transit at levels not seen since World War II. This proposed new benefit both distracts from the efforts and hurts the ability to pass the referendum by becoming an unneeded distraction. If Supervisor Coggs’ transportation costs are becoming too expensive she should do what regular citizens around the country are doing and catch the bus.