Would Sheriff Cuts Hurt the Suburbs?

Greendale State Rep. Jeff Stone is concerned that the $3.3 million cut will affect services in Milwaukee County suburbs.

County Executive Chris Abele announced on Monday a proposal to cut the County Sheriff’s budget by $3.3 million and pay the City of Milwaukee just half that amount to take over county park patrols and a portion of the county's 911 calls, according to JSOnline.

This cut would mean the layoff of 23 department employees, 21 of them deputies. Part of the plan sends lakefront and park patrols, plus some county 911 calls to Milwaukee police.

Abele said this move would provide budget savings. Greendale State Representative Jeff Stone thinks it's not a real solution.

"The County Executive's recent proposal to eliminate 23 Sheriff's Deputy positions and to give $1.6 Million to the City of Milwaukee is flawed," Stone said in a release. "It has been touted as 'cost saving measure' when the effective outcome is actually only a shift of Milwaukee County tax dollars to the City of Milwaukee. It will produce a reduction in positions and service in the County Sheriff’s Office but the dollars saved there will be transferred and spent by the City of Milwaukee.”

Stone believes this would mean a shortfall in services for suburban areas of the county.

“Maybe it should come as no surprise that County Executive Abele and Mayor Barrett both like the idea of giving the City of Milwaukee tax dollars generated in suburban areas of our county since they both reside in the city,” he said. “It should, however, give county residents outside of Milwaukee great cause for concern, as we now have to wonder what other city services we will be asked to subsidize in the future. This proposal taxes all property owners in the county and transfers those dollars to the control of the City of Milwaukee, and sets a dangerous precedent for the use of county generated tax dollars.”

Sheriff David A. Clarke agrees with Stone.  He said county residents who live outside of Milwaukee would lose. Even though the city would get more money, Clarke believes the city police department would be overburdened with the extra added work.

Abele said the impact on Clarke’s budget is very tiny. The Sheriff's Department budget this year is $142 million, including $122 million from county taxpayers.

Abele’s says his proposed $1.3 billion 2013 county budget would improve services and public safety without raising taxes. It also includes money for significant upgrades to the long neglected Moody Park and a comprehensive plan to improve a number of other central city parks.

Bucky September 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM
PennyWacker ... you all ready have a crazed lunatic in your home , you.
Bucky September 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I agree AwD. Good call.
Bucky September 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Nuitari ... and what about the 2 State Patrol cars that sit outside Walkers home on a Sunday for DOUBLE TIME ( taxpayers money ) baby sitting for the king and the queen. 2 guys bullshiting for 8 hours sitting in their cars. They both should be on their feet standing and walking out side the home.
Greg September 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Good point. Never forget what the drum bangers put Wisconsin through.
Exrepublican September 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Your suggestion makes zero sense


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