Mayor’s budget cuts deep, fall short
Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski September 24, 2019
The Mayor has given us a very difficult budget. It cuts public safety, public services and increases taxes. Part of the reason why we are in this mess is that instead of cultivating relationships with state government, the Mayor has continuously kicked them in the teeth. And then he wonders why they are not exactly running to help us!
In the Mayor’s budget, fees for the average Milwaukee home will go up $22, and it includes a $37 property tax increase for the average homeowner.
Not what our property taxpayers want to hear. Ouch.
The streetcar is taking at least $1.5 million that we desperately need for public safety and other city services. The state does not trust providing the Mayor with the resources we so desperately need. They see him as someone who has been willing to prioritize the streetcar seemingly over everything else.
I’ve seen the Mayor’s refusal to work harder at establishing better ties with legislators in Madison, and where it has brought us. That’s why I have been working continuously to establish stronger city-state ties to help us get the resources we need.
We are now seeing the result of the Mayor’s reckless years-long mission to put the streetcar first and to ignore or play catch-up on everything else.
When it comes to continually rising taxes and fees, city residents can rightfully point the finger at the Mayor.
More about the 2020 Milwaukee Budget
- City Hall: Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 26th, 2019
- City Hall: Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 19th, 2019
- This afternoon the City of Milwaukee just got less safe - Ald. Bob Donovan - Nov 8th, 2019
- City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 8th, 2019
- City Hall: Proposal Uses Lead Abatement Funds for Marketing - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 7th, 2019
- Transportation: Street Safety Funding Passes Committee - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 6th, 2019
- Omnibus budget amendment supports birthing moms pilot, violence interrupters, participatory budget initiative and more - Ald. Milele Coggs - Nov 1st, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 31st, 2019
- City Hall: Proposal Gives Residents a Basic Income - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 31st, 2019
- Mayor Barrett’s 2020 Budget cuts 60 police officers – and that’s the good news - Ald. Bob Donovan - Oct 10th, 2019
- City Hall: State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 7th, 2019
- Budget Deliberations Should Focus on Using the People’s Dollars to Improve and Save Lives - Ald. Milele Coggs - Oct 4th, 2019
- The challenges and opportunities of the 2020 city budget - Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton - Sep 30th, 2019
- Disappointing budget increases taxes, relies on sales tax pipe dream - Ald. Nikiya Dodd - Sep 24th, 2019
- Mayor’s budget cuts deep, fall short - Ald. Tony Zielinski - Sep 24th, 2019
- City Hall: Mayor’s Budget Cuts Cops and Property Tax Rate - Jeramey Jannene - Sep 24th, 2019
- City Hall: Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year - Jeramey Jannene - Sep 9th, 2019
- City Hall: Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 16th, 2019