Milwaukee County Board passes reform package, 15-3

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Milwaukee County Board approved on Thursday, April 25th, a local reform package by a 15-3 vote. The package will cut Board Supervisors’ salaries by 20 percent, staff will be cut by 50 percent and the Board’s budget will be cut by 50 percent.

Under the reform package, Supervisors’ terms would be also cut from four years to two beginning with the new term in 2016 if the state Legislature approves.

The package includes other measures such as the requirement of an efficiency audit for all levels of County government and use of a mediator to enforce those efficiencies.

In a release issued on Thurday afternoon, Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic stated, “This is the kind of local reform our constituents have demanded. We listened to everyone – residents, state legislators and community leaders. This bold reform reflects the tone of local input."

Dimitrijevic said in the release, the overwhelming support for the reform package was a reflection of the Board’s desire to create locally generated reform.

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