Statements about County Budget

Says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is responsible for the roughly $7,800 "I pay in property taxes per year."  

Action by the Milwaukee County Board will "provide the County Executive with the same level of security as the Governor and the Mayor of Milwaukee while saving taxpayers $300,000."

"During my eight years as county executive, we cut the number of county workers by 20 percent."

Milwaukee County has "a parks capital budget that’s bigger than it’s been in the last 10 years."

"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."

A referendum "gives the people the chance to decide" on cutting the Milwaukee County Board budget by two-thirds

Says a state bill checks the spending habits of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors by "bringing it in line with other county boards around the state."  

"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.

The Milwaukee County Board’s staff grew from four workers to 38 over four decades and now costs taxpayers "a lot more," while the total county workforce was more than cut in half in the same period.

Thanks to actions by the Milwaukee County Board on the 2013 budget, the amount of county taxes on the average home in the city of Milwaukee "would be a $19 decrease."

"Together we added more jobs than any other area" while I was Dane County executive.

Says "unemployment tripled" in Dane County due to Kathleen Falk’s tax policies

Says Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele "eliminated" sheriff’s office funding for providing security for presidential and presidential campaign visits.  

As Dane County executive, Kathleen Falk raised property taxes by "millions of dollars every year" and approved the second highest increase in the state in 2010.

Says she got unions to agree to "about $10 million in reduction" of salaries and health benefits while serving as Dane County executive in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee County sheriff’s department  "plays only a limited role as a traditional law enforcement agency" and in 2009 reported far fewer crimes to the FBI than the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police did.

Says he’s "never asked for more" than inflationary budget increases in his 10 budgets as Milwaukee County sheriff

On Milwaukee County government’s debt burden

"When Nancy Nusbaum was Brown County executive, spending went up nearly 50 percent."

Says Milwaukee County elected officials drive around in luxury cars "on your dime." 

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