Abele-O-Meter

Consolidation of municipal services


"Establish an official framework to guide consolidation of services and functions between County, State and local governments."


Sources:

Campaign news release

Subjects: City Government, County Government, Government Efficiency

Updates:

The promised plan has been put in place and already some progress

Updated: Friday, February 3rd, 2012 | By Tom Kertscher

Running for Milwaukee County executive, Chris Abele said he would utilize his experience as a business owner to find efficiencies in government. One of his campaign pledges was to create an "official framework” for seeking the consolidation of services and functions among the county and state and local governments.

Chief of staff Amber Moreen said Abele has directed county department heads to "actively search for consolidations that, based on research and data, benefit each unit of government, save taxpayer dollars and/or improve outcomes. This framework is now a part of how the county executive's administration approaches provision of services.”

Moreen noted that under Abele, the county now does autopsies for Racine County on a fee basis. She said the county is also talking to Racine and Kenosha counties about administering the state Family Care program for them.

Since this promise doesn't go to actual consolidations, but to setting up the framework for seeking them, we rate it a Promise Kept.

Sources:

Abele campaign, one-year agenda news release, March 26, 2011

Email interview, Milwaukee County executive chief of staff Amber Moreen, Feb. 2 and 3, 2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Racine County ME shifts autopsy contract from Waukesha to Milwaukee,” Oct. 24, 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County might run Family Care in Kenosha, Racine,” Jan. 25, 2012

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