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Milwaukee County Celebrates Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day

November 25, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) today celebrate Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day. Every winter season, Milwaukee County snowplow drivers maintain more than 2,300 miles of state highways, interstates and county trunk roads.

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Milwaukee County Launches Survey to Assess Community Development Needs

November 21, 2019

Milwaukee County Launches Survey to Assess Community Development Needs

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Signs 2020 Budget

November 19, 2019

The 2020 budget, which represents significant collaboration with the Board of Supervisors, was approved with no vetoes. With the 2020 budget signed, Milwaukee County officials will continue working together and with the State to find a solution to adequately fund public services, maintain facilities, provide tax relief and invest in the future through a binding referendum process.

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Statement From Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

October 16, 2019

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Milwaukee County Announces New Investments in Homeless Prevention Services in the 2020 Budget

October 03, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Housing Division today announced an additional $250,000 investment to expand homeless prevention services as part of the recommended 2020 budget. Building on the success of the Housing First initiative, the Housing Division will expand its efforts in preventing eviction and homelessness for an additional 150 families per year.

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Milwaukee County Announces Transition to Electronic Monitoring

October 01, 2019

Proposal calls for the safe reduction of the incarcerated population by enabling individuals in the justice system to maintain employment and connection to community.

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Milwaukee County Announces Results of Balancing Act

September 26, 2019

75 percent of respondents selected an option to increase the countywide sales tax to close the operating budget gap.

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Milwaukee County Executive Abele Announces Additional Transit Funding in 2020 Budget

September 19, 2019

Amidst current fiscal crisis in Milwaukee County, 2020 budget will include a temporary solution that invests additional $4.1million in local funding for routes slated for elimination.

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Milwaukee Area Leaders Propose a New Revenue Solution to Invest in Our Communities

September 09, 2019

An unprecedented partnership will move forward to pursue new revenue solutions that provide property tax relief to residents through a local option sales tax

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An Open Letter From County Executive Chris Abele To ATU Leadership

August 29, 2019

The Milwaukee County Transit System is a powerful economic development force that provides a critical lifeline for tens of thousands of bus riders every day. Thanks to our drivers, operators, mechanics, dispatchers and other dedicated workers who go above and beyond the call of duty every day, Milwaukee County residents have the mobility and connectivity they need to live their lives. It is significant, yet not surprising that the extraordinary quality of service our MCTS employees provide our residents frequently catches the attention of the entire country.

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Mitchell Airport Receives Honor Roll Designation From MMSD

August 19, 2019

Mitchell Airport was praised for its efforts to protect the environment while contributing to the economic vitality of the region. No violations were identified at MKE, as the Airport was in full compliance for the entire calendar year.

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Milwaukee County Announces 2020 Budget Public Engagement Sessions

August 06, 2019

Four sessions in partnership with Milwaukee County Supervisors provide forum for residents to share priorities and weigh in on new revenue options

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Staying Cool and Safe: Milwaukee County Resources for Beating the Heat

July 18, 2019

As the heat index is expected to climb in Milwaukee County headed into this weekend, several County departments are working to ensure residents, visitors and employees are staying safe. The County provides a number of resources to help ensure vulnerable populations and those spending time outdoors stay cool and hydrated during intense heat.

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Milwaukee County Launches Balancing Act

July 16, 2019

Interactive online tool challenges users to close Milwaukee County’s projected $28 million budget gap using new and existing revenue options

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New Approach to Youth Justice

July 01, 2019

Milwaukee County’s submission for State funding proposes a transformative approach to youth justice by developing a continuum of responsive services, including residential setting development.

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County Executive Abele, County Parks and Festival Pro LLC Announce the Return of China Lights

June 11, 2019

Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Boerner Botanical Gardens from September 13 – October 20.

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County Executive Abele, County Parks and Ability Center Announce Bradford Beach Accessibility

June 03, 2019

County Executive Chris Abele today joined Milwaukee County Parks, The Ability Center and community advocates to unveil plans to make Bradford Beach accessible for people with disabilities.

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County Executive Chris Abele Signs Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

May 20, 2019

County Executive Chris Abele today joined Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson, Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde and the Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) to sign the resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

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County Executive Abele and the County Division of Youth and Family Services Call for Change

May 06, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Division of Youth and Family Services of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services today called for the State to take a more transformative approach to youth justice reform.

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County Executive Abele and the County DHHS Behavioral Health Division Recognize Mental Health Month

May 02, 2019

Mental Health Month is one of many ways the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services works with community partners to fill remaining gaps in the mental health infrastructure.

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November 18, 2019 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE CHRIS ABELE SIGNS 2020 BUDGET 

Prioritizing investments for residents and communities most in need were cornerstones of the balanced budget as County leaders unite to pursue new revenue sources. 

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today signed the 2020 county budget, which makes significant investments in public transportation, public safety and neighborhood investments in communities most in need. The 2020 budget, which represents significant collaboration with the Board of Supervisors, was approved with no vetoes. With the 2020 budget signed, Milwaukee County officials will continue working together and with the State to find a solution to adequately fund public services, maintain facilities, provide tax relief and invest in the future through a binding referendum process.

"The tough choices we have made over the years have resulted in this balanced budget that reflects our values and allows us to be responsible fiscal stewards,” said County Executive Chris Abele. “Using a racial equity lens to shape the 2020 budget helped us prioritize transit investments, launch new health and human services initiatives and further modernize our public safety approach.”

The 2020 budget started with a $28 million gap, and was balanced using a mix of spending cuts, improved estimates and one-time spending allocations. The budget gap was improved with funding in the State of Wisconsin’s biennial budget, healthcare estimate improvements, a property tax carryforward and centralized savings from the county.

With limited ability to raise additional sources of revenue for the Milwaukee County budget, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., and local leaders launched Move Forward MKE in September 2019 to address local funding concerns. This initiative will allow Milwaukee County and its 19 municipalities to pursue a binding referendum for a 1 percent local option sales tax increase with property tax relief. The partnership between state legislators, the business community, municipal governments and community groups focuses on the need to fund local priorities with local dollars.

The 2020 budget drives toward the countywide vision that by achieving racial equity Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin. By using a racial equity lens and maintaining fiscal discipline, this budget:

• Invests in the Milwaukee County Transit System, including: maintaining Freeway Flyers and
routes in communities of color, preserving all high-frequency routes and modified lowfrequency
routes, and keeping cash fares flat at $2.25 per ride.

• Builds on Health and Human Services work to provide residents and communities with the
assistance they need where and when they need it.

• Addresses neglected infrastructure in communities in need, including updating the
outdated playgrounds at Rose, Indigenous Peoples’, Washington and Mitchell Airport Parks.


The budgetary reforms and savings since 2011 have allowed Milwaukee County to address many of the fiscal issues with minimal impact on the services Milwaukee County provides. This has been done by streamlining services, making government leaner and cutting a cumulative $278 million over the past nine budgets.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE

(414) 278-4211 | fax: (414) 223-1375
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 306
901 N. 9th Street | Milwaukee, WI 53233
 

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