Ald. Nikiya Dodd
Press Release

Ald. Dodd encourages residents to take the City’s Budget Priority Survey


By - Sep 9th, 2020 01:45 pm

As the City of Milwaukee prepares to discuss the 2021 City budget, residents are being encouraged to share their thoughts on spending priorities. The City’s Budget and Management Division has created the Budget Priority Survey to allow residents more input in the budget process. Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd is calling on residents to take this survey so their voices can be heard.

“We want to hear from residents, and having an accurate and quantifiable count of residents’ budget priorities is important for us as policy makers as we prepare to deliberate the 2021 budget,” said Alderwoman Dodd. “I’m asking everyone to take a few minutes to complete the Budget Priority Survey so we can create a better budget that works for the people. These survey results will be taken seriously and serve and an integral part of this year’s budget process.”

The Budget Priority Survey is a short, 5-minute survey asking residents several questions that will help City leaders understand residents’ budget preferences and priorities. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Hmong and responses are being collected until Monday, September 21st. The survey can be accessed by visiting

The City has also created the Balancing Act budget simulation tool. This simple to use, interactive online platform allows residents to develop their own City of Milwaukee 2021 budget. To balance the budget, residents can adjust revenues and expenses for City departments. The Balancing Act budget simulation can be found at

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2 thoughts on “Ald. Dodd encourages residents to take the City’s Budget Priority Survey”

  1. Trmott says:

    So, the first page that comes up from the link lists Mmong or Hispanic, and asks if one lives in Milwaukee. There is no way to answer that ethnicity choice, or to state “neither” so one could surmise that nobody who isn’t one of those two ethnic groups is of interest. I was not allowed to advance to the next page to see how lengthy the survey is or what the questions cover. I’ve designed surveys and one cardinal rule for me is to test it on a few people. Did anyone do that here?

    Invariably, surveys like this are long and unclear and repetitive and seem designed to DISCOURAGE completion. I doubt anyone takes them seriously.

  2. B says:

    I believe the Hmong or Spanish refers to a language choice. I was able to hit the “Next Question” button right below it to indicate whether or not I was a City Resident.

    In fairness the “Next Question” button should say “Continue” or “Continue in English”.

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