Saving Taxpayer Dollars

Milwaukee County taxpayers demand that we provide cost-effective services. Every day we ask ourselves how we can deliver better services and improve operations so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same amenities that we do. See the fiscal progress that has been made over the last five years:

  • County Executive Abele has proposed five consecutive budgets that did not increase property taxes.Learn the facts about the county budget. 

  • According to Fitch Ratings, Milwaukee County has maintained a AA+ bond rating since 2011 and has a “stable” fiscal outlook. In October 2015, Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services also affirmed the County’s stable financial outlook with a “AA” rating.Standard and Poor noted that it views the County’s management as “very strong” and a “credit strength that enhances the management score.”Standard and Poor concluded that the “County’s stable outlook reflects our view of the County’s economy and our expectation that the County will maintain at least adequate budgetary performance, strong budgetary flexibility, and very strong liquidity.”

  • Milwaukee County’s budget gap (see page 4) has significantly improved since 2011 – to the point where its estimated 2016 funding gap is the second smallest gap experienced by the County in the last five years.

  • In 2014, Milwaukee County began planning for an “e-procurement” system that is estimated to save the county $1.4 million annually. E-procurement involves centralizing existing procurement contracts, approval processes, and other technologies to save money and gain purchasing power.

  • In 2014 Milwaukee County partnered with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Milwaukee County Transit System to submit a joint RFP for each organization’s health plan. This effort reduced cumulative health care spending by over $57 million – and of that amount, Milwaukee County saved about $17 million.

  • According to the Public Policy Forum of Milwaukee (see page 8) five years from now county health care costs are projected to be more than $100 million lower than was projected just three years ago.

  • In 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services helped move 313 individuals from nursing homes to community-based settings.All of these individuals were receiving Family Care benefits. This move benefitted the customers because they want to live in the community, and it also benefitted taxpayers by saving the Medicaid program $3.3 million.

  • Between 2010 and 2014 the County saw a 21% reduction in the average number of juveniles admitted to the state juvenile detention center. This trend saved county taxpayers $2.3 million.

  • Milwaukee County has earned almost $1 million in incentives through Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The County has put these incentives to good use, implementing projects that will save about $1.5 million per year in energy over their expected lifetimes.

  • Implementing more than $4.5 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at county-owned facilities. These projects were funded at no additional cost to taxpayers through several multi-year guaranteed energy savings performance contracts.

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