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Dennis Yaccarino

City budget director as of 2017.

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Eyes on Milwaukee: City To Get $17.6 Million Federal Rent Assistance Grant
Eyes on Milwaukee

City To Get $17.6 Million Federal Rent Assistance Grant

COVID-19 relief funds meant to prevent homelessness, reduce pandemic's spread.

City Hall: New 911 Call Center Aims For Speed
City Hall

New 911 Call Center Aims For Speed

City system promises faster pickups, fewer dropped calls, ability to dispatch based on officer location.

City Hall: What Can City Do About Pension Crisis?
City Hall

What Can City Do About Pension Crisis?

Milwaukee must find at least $90 million annually starting in 2023. All options are on the table.

City Hall: Municipal Court Firing Debt Collector
City Hall

Municipal Court Firing Debt Collector

Duncan Solutions being dropped less than a year after deal started.

City Hall: Council Sets Conditions For COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Sets Conditions For COPS Grant

Committee proposes 7 conditions for police department in order for city to accept federal grant.

City Hall: Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant

Would fund 30 positions, prevent more police reductions, but presents future fiscal issues.

City Hall: Council Overrides One of Two Barrett Vetos
City Hall

Council Overrides One of Two Barrett Vetos

Veto of added funding for lead abatement program was overriden on 11-4 vote.

City Hall: Barrett Issues Two Budget Vetoes
City Hall

Barrett Issues Two Budget Vetoes

Mayor targets funding source for lead abatement, neighborhood watch programs.

City Hall: $1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police
City Hall

$1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police

City's fiscal challenges continue to mount under state restrictions, rising costs.

Transportation: Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”
Transportation

Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”

Proposal start of an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

City Hall: Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget
City Hall

Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget

Amendments target violence prevention, housing, lead abatement and more.

City Hall: Almost Half of Budget Amendments Are Policy Footnotes
City Hall

Almost Half of Budget Amendments Are Policy Footnotes

Footnotes call for a racial equity audit, benches in vacant lots, lead-safe property database and much more.

City Hall: City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers
City Hall

City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers

Federal grant rules could mean cutting 30 more than proposed cut of 120 cops.

Court Watch: Municipal Court Attendance Way Up
Court Watch

Municipal Court Attendance Way Up

Huge reduction in no shows in Zoom era. Even a court appearance from Saudi Arabia.

Transportation: Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?
Transportation

Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?

Alderman proposes this, but suspending the service might cost more than it saves.

City Hall: About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee

Average homeowner fee is $45 per year so city could replace 100-year-old circuitry

City Hall: Night Parking Rules a Tax on the Poor?
City Hall

Night Parking Rules a Tax on the Poor?

Or good public policy? Reinstating night parking is a $13 million question for city.

Murphy’s Law: Why Defunding Police Is Tough To Sell
Murphy’s Law

Why Defunding Police Is Tough To Sell

Minneapolis politicians are abandoning the idea. What will happen in Milwaukee?

City Hall: Milwaukee’s Bond Rating Cut Two Levels
City Hall

Milwaukee’s Bond Rating Cut Two Levels

Change in rating by S&P Global will raise cost to borrow money, add to city's budget woes.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting to Focus on 2021 City Budget, City Services
City Hall: City Made $8.6 Million Debt Mistake
City Hall

City Made $8.6 Million Debt Mistake

Past Comptroller blamed. Mistake equivalent to all the salaries of health department staff.

City Hall: 120 Officer Cut May Be Just The Beginning
City Hall

120 Officer Cut May Be Just The Beginning

The Milwaukee Police Department will have fewer officers in 2021, but the question is how many?

City Hall: Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut
City Hall

Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut

Two-thirds of those that testified at preliminary budget hearing want funds to go towards health, housing.

City Hall: Budget Process Kicks Off On Wednesday
City Hall

Budget Process Kicks Off On Wednesday

Virtual hearing Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mayor will outline city's financial situation.

Milwaukee Police Gobble Up City Budget

Milwaukee Police Gobble Up City Budget

MPD got 62 cents of every new city budget dollar over last ten years.

City Hall: Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay
City Hall

Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay

Changing guidance leaves Milwaukee holding the bag for COVID-19-related bonus.

City Hall: How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?
City Hall

How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?

The number is smaller than 375 officers the Police Department claims, but how much smaller?

City Hall: Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut
City Hall

Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut

11 council members back $30 million cut and investing in other programs.

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburban elected officials overruling health officers on COVID-19, city official charges.

City Hall: City To Furlough, Cut Hours For 750 Employees
City Hall

City To Furlough, Cut Hours For 750 Employees

Revenue down $27 million in pandemic and city forced to make cuts.

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Relentless Pursuit grant, Tougher on Crime grant, DNC funding lead the list.

City Hall: Milwaukee Seeking $50 Million To Pay for DNC Security
City Hall

Milwaukee Seeking $50 Million To Pay for DNC Security

Federal grant covers costs of police and fire during convention. 4,000 police officers expected.

City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget
City Hall

Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget

Council wrestles with huge fiscal challenges due to rising police costs, declining state aid.

Transportation: Street Safety Funding Passes Committee
Transportation

Street Safety Funding Passes Committee

DPW would get $1.2 million in new, dedicated funding for complete streets.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing
Eyes on Milwaukee

Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing

City-owned properties would house displaced families, human trafficking victims. Plus: committee cuts Bublr funding.

City Hall: Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year
City Hall

Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year

Barrett says proposed 1% sales tax hike would fund police, fire, streets, property tax relief.

City Hall: Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process
City Hall

Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process

Numbers are daunting. City between a rock and a hard place when it comes to finances.

City Hall: Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly
City Hall

Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly

Long-term lease agreement means the city has eaten $4 million in costs since 2011.

City Hall: Council Proposes 3% Raise for Employees Living in City
City Hall

Council Proposes 3% Raise for Employees Living in City

Proposal in response to Republican law ending city residency requirement.

Court Watch: City Will Borrow for Police Settlement
Court Watch

City Will Borrow for Police Settlement

Milwaukee has borrowed many millions to pay off police legal settlements in last decade.

City Hall: Council Adopts 2019 City Budget
City Hall

Council Adopts 2019 City Budget

Average homeowner will see $51.88 increase, no change in total fire and police officers.

City Hall: Pay Hike for City Politicians Is On Hold
City Hall

Pay Hike for City Politicians Is On Hold

Ald. Chantia Lewis delays vote on 13.6% raise she and some other colleagues want. Mayor threatens veto.

City Hall: Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader
City Hall

Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader

Returns file to the council unsigned, opens door to approval of McManus.

Plenty of Horne: Neighbors Fight for Brady St. Fire Station
Plenty of Horne

Neighbors Fight for Brady St. Fire Station

But by the end of public meeting held by Ald. Kovac many seemed resigned to its loss.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Introduces Difficult 2018 Budget
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Introduces Difficult 2018 Budget

Budget would raise taxes, cut public safety to grapple with state shared revenue reduction.