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Balancing Act

How Would You Balance the Budget?

Balancing Act

We need the help of the entire community to share their priorities for the upcoming 2024 budget through the Balancing Act tool. Balancing Act allows you to interact with Milwaukee County's budget and decide to increase, maintain, or decrease funds allocated for each expenditure category.

For the first time in over 20 years, Milwaukee County is projecting a surplus in its operating budget in 2024. The $31.6 millon surplus projection is a direct result of Act 12, which was passed by the State of Wisconsin and allowed Milwaukee County to increase its sales tax rate by 0.4%. 

It is important to note that the surplus position for 2024 is not expected to be permanent because Milwaukee County will continue to have financial challenges to address going forward. Nevertheless, we remain committed to doing what we can to best serve you: Milwaukee County residents. That’s why we need you to participate in the budget process and let us know what matters to you. By working together, we can face our challenges head on, continue to meet the needs of the community, and move closer to our race and health equity goals.


Balance the Budget


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


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