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Balancing Act

How Would You Balance the Budget?

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Balancing Act: Weigh in on Milwaukee County's 2021 Budget

Milwaukee County is facing a budget crisis. The cost to provide services that our community relies on is increasing each year. At the same time, the money we take in to pay for these services is decreasing. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the need for County services. This situation has taken a toll on the entire County, but has hit communities of color the hardest.

This year Milwaukee County is starting with a budget gap of $42.5 million – and we need your help to close it. Show us how you would invest in important community services and balance Milwaukee County’s 2021 budget.

We did not get into this financial situation overnight, and it will not be solved overnight. In fact over the past decade, Milwaukee County has steadily increased the amount of revenue we send to the state, while the state aids we receive in return have remained flat or declined. During this time, we have worked hard to reduce our footprint, streamline our operations and save millions of taxpayer dollars, while continuing to better serve our residents.

While we continue working with the state to find a sustainable funding solution, we are relying on community input through Balancing Act and during the entire budget process to ensure we pass a responsible, balanced budget for 2021.

Balancing Act is expected to take less than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to providing input on the tough choices that must be made in the upcoming budget, users will be asked for written feedback on how elected officials can better solve the county’s constraints. This tool is also about building a more sustainable future, so all revenue options – both currently available and those that would require a change in state law – are on the table this year.

Let us know what you think, and show us how you would balance the budget!

Balance the Budget

Learn more about Milwaukee County's collaboration to fix the root cause of our revenue shortages.


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901 N. 9th St., Room 308
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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