2013 Milwaukee County budget to be adopted November 5th

MILWAUKEE -- Next year's Milwaukee County budget is out, and some want changes.

Residents spoke with the County Board Monday, October 29th about what they want to see changed in next year's budget. Concerns included health care coverage for full-time and part-time County employees, as well as a plan to police the County parks.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele hoped to transfer the responsibility of policing the parks to the Milwaukee Police Department, in a plan he said would have saved taxpayers $1.7 million next year.

Board members say keeping Sheriff's deputies on duty is the best way to ensure safety in the parks.

Last week, a Milwaukee County Board Budget Committee voted 9-0 against the County Parks policing plan brought forth by Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Under Abele's budget plan, the budget would include no tax raise. The supervisor's adjustments could mean an estimated tax increase to the average homeowner of about $6.

The budget is scheduled to be adopted November 5th.