EngageMKE: 2018 Budget Input

Engage Milwaukee is an extension of County Executive Abele’s belief that Milwaukee County has everything it takes to be the best-run government in the country, but that we can only get there if we constantly aim to improve in all that we do. He also believes that a more interactive model of civic engagement and public input greatly increases our chance of success. Last year, as part of his budget process, County Executive Abele went beyond the standard practice of public hearings to host feedback circles facilitated by the Zeidler Center where residents learned about the County’s budget and were able to give meaningful input on specific issues and policy suggestions.


This year, we’re improving on that process even further with the Engage Milwaukee initiative. Using a new software platform, Balancing Act, County residents will be able to design and share their own budget for Milwaukee County. This tool will help the public more easily visualize and understand the difficulties in balancing the needs of competing priorities with finite resources. The Balancing Act software uses clear and transparent language to describe the County’s revenues and expenses, and then lets users determine their funding priorities – the only catch is, they have to balance revenue and spending, just like elected officials do.


Please watch this short video on how to use Balancing Act to balance Milwaukee County's budget:




Click here to design your own budget for Milwaukee County



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