The County Budget



The Milwaukee County Budget is an important document that serves several purposes.  First, the budget document serves as a financial and operational blueprint that aids departmental administrators in the provision of needed services.  Second, it functions as a statement of policy developed and approved by the county's elected officials.  Finally, the budget is a source of information for the general public, enabling citizens to understand the many functions of County government and how resources are allocated.


State Statutes require that the County Executive submit their budget proposal to the County Board by October 1st. In the months preceding this date, County departments submit budget requests to the Department of Administration Services (DAS). Together, these requested department budgets are called the Requested Budget.  Through review and analysis, the DAS Budget Section makes recommendations to the County Executive and help him prepare the County Executive's Recommended Budget.  When the Board receives the Recommended Budget, the Comptroller's Research staff works with Supervisors to analyze the budget and to develop amendments that will be included when the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee presents the budget to the full County Board. The County Board votes to adopt or reject budget amendments, and then votes on a final version of the budget, which is called the Adopted Budget. The Adopted Budget then goes to the County Executive for their signature. The County Executive can veto any part of the adopted budget, including single words and invidual letters. The County Board then has an opportunity to accept the Executive's vetoes or reject them with a two thirds majority, which overrides the veto. 


2018 Milwaukee County Adopted Budget





Milwaukee County Courthouse

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