Local governments in Milwaukee County are challenged to provide services because of a lack of revenue. Annual budget gaps grow each year due to revenue limits. As a result, communities are faced with increasingly difficult decisions about what to fund, and where to cut. As budget cuts grow larger by the year, the public services that many of us and our neighbors depend on are increasingly at risk. Local governments have had to put off maintenance of public facilities and important investments in public infrastructure. Our parks and popular cultural venues are in disrepair.
Local governments need new sources of revenue to avoid dangerous cuts, more delays in repairs, and reduced services, including police and fire. But local governments don't have the authority they need to generate those new sources of revenue, as current revenue limits are set by state law.
The compounding effects of years of insufficient revenue and the requirement for legislative action to address revenue limits have led community leaders seek out a renewed partnership with state government. Government, business, and community leaders are asking the Wisconsin Legislature for permission to implement a local option sales tax to solve a local problem with a local solution.
Move Forward MKE supports allowing Milwaukee County to raise its sales tax by 1 percent to generate new revenue and to dedicate a significant portion of that new revenue to property tax relief.
If you believe local problems are best solved through local solutions, join our campaign!
Move Forward MKE supports giving Milwaukee County the authority to implement a local option sales tax to provide property tax relief, reform local pensions, and preserve critical services and assets that will enable Milwaukee County to attract the businesses and people to be a globally competitive metro region that helps drive the state economy forward.