Budget Process Overview

Budget Process Overview


Milwaukee County's Budget process can be broken down into 3 large stages, or phases:

  1. Request Stage
  2. Executive Stage
  3. Board Stage

Milwaukee County's fiscal year coincides with the calendar year.


Request Stage

Because of this, the first phase begins in May and ends in July where departments of the county forecast their needs for the following year and construct a requested budget which gets submitted to the County Executive for review.


Executive Stage

In the second stage of the budget, the County Executive, through the budget office reviews the requests of departments, correct for errors, and within the context of the County's financial resources, and makes edits to align requests with the mission of the County. The County Executive stage lasts from July to mid-September, when the Executive Recommended Budget is submitted to the County Board for Review.


Board Stage

In third and final stage of the process, the Budget is reviewed by the County Board of Supervisors. The County Board can amend the budget, after which the modified budget is voted on. Once the budget is voted on, it is returned to the County Executive, who may veto amendments. After the County Board considers the County Executive's vetoes, it votes on adoption, which is the final approval on the county budget.


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