"There is an urgent and critical need for an additional revenue solution for Milwaukee County. We cannot continue to rely on already-high property taxes or budget cuts - that is simply not sustainable. As the economic engine of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County must have the tools necessary to invest in our communities, our residents and our businesses to ensure that this region, and our State, continues to grow. What's more, the ability to invest in Milwaukee County will help us achieve our vision of racial equity and help make Milwaukee the healthiest County in Wisconsin."
David Crowley, Milwaukee County Executive
“A lack of revenue is holding Milwaukee County back. Inadequate revenue prevents us from delivering state mandated services and working to improve the health of our communities. We urgently need a permanent solution to this crisis and we need the State Legislature to work with us to move Milwaukee forward.”
Marcelia Nicholson, Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
“Together we are focused on a solution that empowers local voters to decide how our fiscal challenges are addressed. With their approval, we can ease the squeeze on local budgets for police, firefighters, and roads.”
Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Mayor
"Our city and our region need a stable, diversified revenue structure to retain future fiscal health. Diversifying the city’s revenues will ensure that the City of Milwaukee continues to move forward in financially sustainable way that maintains access to essential services for our residents. I look forward to working in partnership with state legislators to move our region forward."
Cavalier Johnson, Milwaukee Common Council President
“This plan starts to address an outmoded state revenue structure which resulted in Milwaukee having the highest municipal rate of property tax as percentage of local tax revenue amongst all our peer cities in the country. The GMC commissioned the Wisconsin Policy Forum reports in 2016, “Making Ends Meet” and the 2017 “On the Money?” report to look in-depth at our unusual revenue structure with comparisons to peer cities which brought the revenue structure issues to the forefront of the discussion. We are pleased to support these next steps in changing our revenue structure to allow for equitable growth for our neighborhoods, our municipalities and our county.”
Julia Taylor, President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee
“This new partnership is a critical step in moving the Milwaukee area forward. Milwaukee County and its municipalities house 60 percent of the jobs in our metro area. To provide property tax relief, maintain critical services and support our infrastructure, MMAC supports making a case to voters that this is necessary and sound investment in the future of the entire metro area.”
Timothy Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
“For years we have been doing more with less as state aids continue to decline, and having the option to generate local revenue represents a watershed moment for us to not only sustain ourselves, but to thrive for generations to come. This plan is the best way forward for us to give Milwaukee County taxpayers the services and programs they deserve.”
Chris Abele, Former Milwaukee County Executive
“The unprecedented unity among Milwaukee County and its 19 municipalities demonstrates just how urgently we as local elected officials recognize the need for a renewed partnership with State government. The idea of a new source of revenue responds to the call of citizens across our county who want to see critical investments in transportation, parks and necessary public services in their communities and it gives them the power to make it a reality.”
Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., president and CEO, LISC Milwaukee
“Milwaukee has unique challenges, but we are also in a unique position to provide opportunities to create economic growth for our region and the entire state. The current revenue structure constrains our full economic potential. We want to be a part of the solution and be able to stand on our own two feet, and we see enormous opportunity for growth and service enhancement if given the ability.”
Ashanti Hamilton, Former Common Council President; City of Milwaukee Alderman – 1st DistrictMilwaukee
“This proposal once again shows Milwaukee County elected leaders offering solutions, not pointing fingers. The ICC vote today reflects our desire to work together across the county to meet the needs of our residents. I applaud the County Executive and County Board Chair for their vision and look forward to working with them to advance this proposal at the state level."
Bryan Kennedy, Glendale Mayor and Chair of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council