Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Voters in 12 communities say yes to reduced, part-time Milwaukee County Board in referendum on primary election ballot.
Voters in 12 suburban Milwaukee communities overwhelmingly showed support for a smaller, part-time Milwaukee County Board in Tuesday's election. The two-part, non-binding referendum first asked voters if the size of the County Board should be reduced from 18 to nine members; that was supported by 84 percent of voters. Eighty-two percent of voters also supported making the position of County Supervisor part-time. The referendum questions appeared on the ballot in Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, River Hills, Shorewood, West Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay. The proposal to reduce the size and salary of the County Board was advocated by County Supervisor Joseph Rice of Whitefish Bay…
Monday, December 12, 2011
North Shore supervisor files notice of non-candidacy.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Joseph Rice, who represents much of the North Shore, has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012. “Serving the people of the 6th District has been an honor and privilege and I am grateful to the people I represented for putting their faith and confidence in me," Rice said in a press release. "However I never intended public service to be my career and look forward to seeking new challenges and a new path." This comes with little suprise after a vote in August reduced the size of the County Board from 19 to 18 — eliminating Rice's seat. His district includes all of Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, River Hills and Bayside, as well as parts of Glendale and Milwaukee. The plan will divvy up the existing …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Village Board approves two referendum questions asking voters about the size of the board and whether the supervisor position should be part-time or full-time.
Whitefish Bay officials did not have a voice in the Milwaukee County Board redistricting plan that divided the village, but they are hoping the vilage's voice will be heard by state legislators in the spring election, when two referendum questions about the size and scope of the County Board will go before voters. Whitefish Bay trustees have unanimously approved two non-binding referendum questions for the the April 3 election ballot: one asking voters whether the County Board should be cut from 18 to nine supervisors, and the other asking if supervisors should be paid on a part-time basis. Supervisors currently earn a salary of $50,679 per year. "If enough municipalities can send a message to our state legislators then there is some …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Trustees will also consider two possible referendum items about the size of the Milwaukee County Board.
A public hearing will be held on next year's proposed village budget at the Village Board meeting Monday night. The nearly $14 million budget includes a levy increase of $262,193, a 2.56 percent over last year's levy. The tax rate would increase from $5.18 to $5.31, which would increase a $400,000 homeowner's tax bill by $52 to $2,124 this year. The budget does not include any borrowed money for major road or sewer projects, while using $775,000 of reserve funds, including $589,000 for a consolidated dispatch center and $150,000 for an emerald ash borer treatment plan. The Village Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m., but the budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Also on the Village Board's agenda Monday night:
Friday, November 11, 2011
Agreement was for three years, however, Monday's vote by County Board ends contract one year early.
Milwaukee County supervisors this week restored at least some funding to the North Shore Fire Department in the 2012 budget. But it’s a hollow victory, according to NSFD Chief Robert Whitaker. The NSFD was originally facing a $362,000 cut to its paramedics budget after County Executive Chris Abele proposed entirely eliminating emergency medical services subsidiary for municipal departments. Supervisors restored a total of $1.5 million across the county, with $150,000 slated for the NSFD. Though this particular amendment passed by a 15-4 margin, enough to override the veto Abele has threatened, Whitaker said he is unhappy that the partial restoration comes with the requirement to explore more consolidation and other conditions. "I whispered…
Monday, September 26, 2011
County Board, Chairman Holloway ordered to pay $300 to the state.
A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge ruled the Milwaukee County Board violated open meetings law by voting for a countywide redistricting plan without giving adequate public notice. Judge Jane Carroll ordered County Board Chairman Lee Holloway and the county board as a whole to pay $300 and attorney fees to the state, according to online court records. Taxpayers may have to pay for forfeitures and attorney fees, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Carroll did not order the board to take another vote on the redistricting plan, according to the newspaper. The redistricting plan will eliminate one supervisor seat from the board – the seat currently filled by Supervisor Joseph Rice of Whitefish Bay. The plan will divide …
Friday, September 23, 2011
County executive calls for ending $3 million subsidiary to county fire departments.
One less man per shift and potentially increased response times. That's what North Shore Fire Department Chief Robert Whitaker is warning may happen if a proposed $3 million cut to Milwaukee County paramedic services goes into effect. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele last week announced that he plans to end the payments to county fire departments for paramedic service as part of his 2012 budget. The move to cut the $3 million in fire department funding is driven by a $55 million budget shortfall for Milwaukee County. However, eliminating what Abele describes as an "out-of-date" practice is not getting positive feedback from fire officials or some county supervisors. "Candidate Abele pledged to engage in partnerships and dialogues …