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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you and yours a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a special time to be an American, and to reflect on now fortunate we are to have gotten here.


Final adopted 2012 budget (post-veto)

Linked in this post is a PDF file that details the Milwaukee County 2012 adopted budget. Appropriately, it is called the Fiscal Summary Comparison.

11.16.11 County Board Adopted Fiscal Summary Comparison


County Board overrides 18 of 23 budget vetoes

Here’s the official statement on our budget veto overrides:

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted today to override 18 of the 23 budget vetoes handed down by County Executive Chris Abele earlier this week.

“The County Board this afternoon voted to override more than 78% of County Executive Abele’s budget vetoes.  This is higher than the percentage of vetoes overridden during Scott Walker’s eight years as Milwaukee County Executive.  There really is a nickel’s worth of difference between these two Executives,” Chairman Holloway said.  “The Board restored funding in a number of areas, including the Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Medical Services/Paramedics.  I’m proud we were able to make these responsible changes.”

The final 2012 Milwaukee County property tax levy will be $275,370,836, an increase of $5,816,135 or 2.15% from the 2011 levy of $269,554,701.  In the City of Milwaukee, on a home assessed at the citywide average of $123,024, the County portion of the annual property tax bill is estimated to increase $2.93.  For a home assessed at $150,000, the increase is estimated to be $3.84. [Emphasis added.]

Click here for a complete narrative of all budget vetoes.

The following is a summary of votes from today’s veto override meeting
(two-thirds majority, or 13 votes, necessary to override any veto)

Non-Departmental Budgets

Veto #7 Employee Wellness Program (Effect of veto: -$434,663) Amendment 1C006
12-7 to override (veto sustained) No – Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #8 Employee Healthcare Benefits (Effect of veto: -$3,098,817) Amendment 1C004
15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo

Departmental Operating Budgets

Veto #1 Emergency Medical Services Subsidy Funding (Effect of Veto: -$722,527) Amendment 1A061-1
19-0 to override (veto overridden)

Veto #2 Emergency Medical Services Subsidy Allocation (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A061-2
9-10 to override (veto sustained) No – Borkowski, Broderick, Cesarz, De Bruin, Johnson, Jursik, Lipscomb, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #3 Inmate Medical and Mental Health Services (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A049
16-3 to override (veto overridden) No –Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo

Veto #4 Tactical Enforcement Unit/Park Patrol Program (Effect of veto: -$1,551,991) Amendment 1A048
17-2 to override (veto overridden) No – Borkowski, Cesarz

Veto #5 Position Restoration in the Office of the Sheriff (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A074
19-0 to override (veto overridden)

Veto #6 Reorganization of Department of Transportation and Public Works (no tax levy impact)
Amendment 1A036
12-7 to override (veto sustained) No –Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Thomas

Veto #12 Policy Concerning the Awarding of Contracts Over $1,000,000 (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A065
16-3 to override (veto overridden) No –Cesarz, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #14 Detox Funding (Effect of Veto: -$200,000) Amendment 1A055
15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Schmitt

Veto #15 Cultural Events Programming in Parks (Effect of veto: -$50,000) Amendment 1A004
14-5 to override (veto overridden) No – Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #16 Estabrook Dam Trust Account (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A054
13-6 to override (veto overridden) No – Broderick, Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Schmitt, Thomas

Veto #17 Parks Tax Levy (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A053
12-7 to override (veto sustained) No – Cesarz, Lipscomb, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas, Weishan

Veto #19 Mental Health Redesign and Community Resources Investment (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A011
16-3 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo

Veto #20 IT Director – Business Development (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A066
14-5 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas

Veto #21 Heat & Chilled Waterline Installation at County Grounds (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A077
15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Broderick, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo

Veto #22 Positions at General Mitchell International Airport (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A022
15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #23 Bus Safety Shields (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1A039
15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Capital Improvement Budgets

Veto #9 Workforce Development (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1B002-1
Veto #10 Economic Development Fund (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1B002-2
Veto #11 Land Sales (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1B002-3
(Vetoes 9, 10, 11 taken together) 15-4 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #13 King and Kosciuszko Community Centers (no tax levy impact) Amendment 1B004
11-8 to override (veto sustained) No – Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Lipscomb, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #18 Legislative Workflow and Public Access Project (Effect of veto: -$192,800) Amendment 1B001
16-3 to override (veto overridden) No – Cesarz, Sanfelippo, Schmitt

Veto #24 Tax Levy (Effect of veto: $6,249,798) (vote not necessary – final tax levy determined by override actions taken above)

Separate item: County Board voted 19-0 to ratify the 2009-2012 Memorandum of Agreement between Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

The next regular meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Milwaukee County Open Source Platform study will move ahead in 2012

As previously noted, the vetoes issued by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele came out last night. Notably not among the items vetoed was my amendment to have the County’s IT department perform a study on moving to an open source software platform for backend servers. By moving to low-cost, yet high-quality open source software, the County could save money over purchasing expensive software licenses, and would never have to pay for ongoing renewal fees.

Similarly, there is no such thing as an over-installation penalty with open source software. You can install it as many times as you like on as many computers as you wish. The County has paid thousands of dollars in such fines because someone installed too many copies of a commercial package on too many computers—more than the license permitted.

While it’s true that not every commercial software title can be replaced by an open source title, there are many high-quality solutions that we can implement and use to save taxpayer money. This study is the County’s start down that road.

CEX Abele’s 2012 budget vetoes are out

….at last…

And here it is (2.1MB PDF).  I’ll have some comments on it tomorrow.

The Board gets less than two days to review the vetoes before we have to vote on it Wednesday afternoon.

We passed the budget, and I’m home before 9:00.

Wow. What’s up with that? I assure you it won’t be this easy next year. Oh well. We did it. I passed my first Milwaukee County Budget (2012). Amazingly, it was finished before 5:30PM.

This will have the net impact of about $3 on an average house in the City of Milwaukee.

Here’s what we did:


Board works to craft a responsible 2012 County Budget

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a 2012 County Budget at its Annual Meeting Monday evening. Board Chairman Lee Holloway released the following statement after the final budget was adopted:

“Even though we have a new County Executive, this budget reminded me of what we were handed in previous years. Because of the tax levy freeze, Supervisors were forced to do all the heavy lifting. In the end, we took a balanced approach in doing what’s best for Milwaukee County and its taxpayers.

“This budget is my last one as Chairman of the Board. I thank all Supervisors who put so much effort into this budget. In particular, I recognize the tireless efforts of Supervisor Johnny L. Thomas. He and his colleagues on the Finance & Audit Committee have done an admirable job under difficult circumstances.”

Total expenditures for 2012 are $1,301,923,862, a decrease of $726,269,759 from 2011. Under the adopted budget, the 2012 tax levy is $275,805,499, an increase of 2.3% over the 2011 levy of $269,554,701. Under this scenario, the owner of an average City of Milwaukee home would see the County portion of their property tax bill rise by approximately $3.

Rundown of 2012 Budget Amendments approved without objection:

(Click here for the full log of amendments voted upon)

17-2 (No: Cesarz, Rice) to deny the proposed consolidation of Labor Relations, the Personnel Review Board and the Ethics Board within the Department of Human Resources. (decreases tax levy by $29,690)

12-7 (No: Cesarz, De Bruin, Harris, Lipscomb, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas) to deny the transfer of the Courts’ Human Resources Manager from that department to the Department of Human Resources. 17-2 (No: Cesarz, Schmitt) to develop and implement a countywide policy that any contract greater than $1 million presented to the County Board shall be accompanied by a chart that lists the specific factors why that firm was selected compared to any other firm that competed for the business. 0-18-1 (Abstain: Thomas) (item fails) to create a separate and stand-alone Department of Comptroller and Finance, and retitle the positions of Controller and Deputy Controller to Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller. The position of Comptroller shall be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board, and shall be removable from office for cause with the concurrence of both the County Executive and a majority vote of the County Board, or by a two-thirds vote of the County Board. A number of other positions are transferred from DAS-Administration and Fiscal Affairs Division to the Department of Comptroller and Finance. The comptroller shall be a position in the classified service and shall have an employment contract duration of five years, commencing January 1, 2012 and which shall be renewable for additional five year terms upon approval from by the County Board and concurrence of the County Executive. (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to decrease Register of Deeds revenues by $100,000 in order to implement a free birth certificate program for up to 5,000 individuals requiring the vital record in order to obtain identification to vote. (no tax levy impact) 17-2 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz) to restore 25 Deputy Sheriff 1 and 2 Deputy Sheriff Sergeant positions for the Tactical Enforcement Unit. (increases tax levy by $1,551,991)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to delay the outsourcing for inmate medical and mental health services and begin planning for a mid-year transfer of this function to the Department of Health and Human Services. Contracting for inmate medical services is denied and funding is restored for all positions in the inmate medical unit. (increases tax levy by $1,320,531)

13-6 (Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Thomas) to deny the abolishment of 15 Park Maintenance Worker In Charge positions and create 15 Parks/Highway Maintenance Workers. (increases tax levy by $459,090) 14-4-1 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Schmitt; Abstain: Sanfelippo) to increase Paratransit fares by $0.75, rather than the $1.25 recommended by the County Executive. (increases tax levy by $458,000)

19-0 (No: Sanfelippo) to approve a substituted amendment that G4S Wackenhut will continue to provide transit security services for the Milwaukee County Transit System. (no tax levy impact) 13-6 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to employ County security employees at secure designated security facilities, with the cost partially offset with the elimination of the current security contract. (increases tax levy by $418,183)

16-3 (No: Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to work with the Department of Audit to develop a method of collecting data on racial and gender breakdowns of all contractor employees working on Milwaukee County construction or maintenance projects. (no tax levy impact) 15-4 (No: Biddle, Haas, Harris, Weishan) to eliminate the contribution to the debt service reserve, conduct a countywide comprehensive facilities plan, and increase the Appropriation for Contingencies. (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Johnson, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to restore half of the $3 million Emergency Medical Services (EMS) subsidy to municipalities, disperse using a new distribution formula, and encourage municipalities to achieve functional consolidation. (increases tax levy by $1,500,000) 14-5 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to provide the Parks Department with $50,000 for parks cultural events programming which had previously been budgeted in the CAMPAC budget (increases tax levy by $50,000)

17-2 (No: Cesarz, Sanfelippo) to form a Workgroup to enter into discussions with the Hunger Task Force on the specifics of a lease arrangement that is beneficial to both parties. The proposed lease shall address all components of operating the farm and fish hatchery including, but not limited to, staffing, land utilization, commodity distribution and building maintenance and repair. (no tax levy impact)

14-5 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas) to increase parks seasonal staff hours from 366,683 to 411,446 for an expenditure increase of $500,000. (increases tax levy by $500,000) 12-7 (No: Biddle, Cesarz, Lipscomb, Rice, Sanfelippo, Thomas, Weishan) to adopt policy that the tax levy for the Department of Parks for the next four years, 2013 thru 2016, shall not be less than the tax levy budgeted for this department in the 2012 adopted budget. (no tax levy impact)

16-3 (No: Cesarz, Rice, Sanfelippo) to decrease the proposed monthly employee premium for the family plan to $170 from $250, decrease the proposed office visit co-pay to $30 from $30, and decrease the annual out-of-pocket limit for preferred providers to $2,500 single/$5,000 family, from $3,000/$6,000 respectively, offset by a significant number of extra vacancies will occur at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 due to benefit modifications (i.e. no more eligibility for Medicare

Part B reimbursement) that were approved earlier in 2011. To remain eligible for this benefit, employees must retire prior to January 1, 2012. (decreases tax levy by $388,761) 16-3 (No: Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Thomas) to restore the County’s 2012 tax levy contribution of $66,650 to the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. (increases tax levy by $9,998)

18-1 (No: Sanfelippo) to restore 85 percent of the CAMPAC (Cultural Artistic and Musical Programming Advisory Council) funds cut for 2012. (increases tax levy by $321,035)

Amendments to capital budget approved:

14-5 (No: Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to develop “Ready to Work” career training and sustainable jobs within Milwaukee County in partnership with WTRP/BIG STEP, funded by $1,000,000 from future land sale revenues (2012 and beyond) for this initiative. For 2012, the first $400,000 of any land sale revenue is earmarked for the Real Estate Services Section in the Department of Economic Development. (no tax levy impact)

17-2 (No: Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to institute phase 2 of the legislative workflow and agenda management project, including streaming live audio/video of County Board and Committee meetings, offset by reduced reimbursement from the Employee Retirement System for Administrative Costs. (decreases tax levy by $57,200)

All other amendments in the blue packet were approved unanimously.

Budget Amendments approved after failing in Finance & Audit Committee (yellow packet):

13-6 (No: Borkowski, Broderick, Cesarz, Haas, Rice, Sanfelippo) to delete one position of IT Director – Business Development (decreases tax levy by $136,540) 17-2 (No: Cesarz, Mayo) to deny the abolishment of three Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant positions and leaving these positions unfunded. (no tax levy impact) 13-6 (No: Cesarz, De Bruin, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Thomas) to undo the reverse the departmental transfers/realignment/reorganizations proposed for the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Facilities Management, Fleet Management, Transit/Paratransit, Highway Maintenance, Transportation Services. (no tax levy impact) 12-7 (No: Biddle, De Bruin, Harris, Mayo, Romo West, Thomas, Holloway) to remove budget language relating to proposed transit service reductions/eliminations should the County not receive federal CMAQ funding for transit. (no tax levy impact)

15-4 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Schmitt) to reduce detox funding by $100,000 rather than the $300,000 proposed by the County Executive. (increases tax levy by $200,000) 15-4 (No: Broderick, Jursik, Schmitt, Thomas) to establish a trust account to receive future years revenue from the broadcasting towers leased to the Hearst Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting, to be used for future maintenance of the Estabrook Dam, for improvements to recreational access of the upstream areas of the river, and uses approved by the County Board. (no tax levy impact)

11-8 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to issue a Request for Proposals for a wellness program that includes a health risk assessment with biometric screening, health coaching and quarterly follow-up contacts by health professionals. (increases tax levy by $370,913)

10-9 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, De Bruin, Jursik, Lipscomb, Mayo, Rice, Schmitt, Holloway) to appropriate $2,000,000 to repair portions of the HVAC systems at the Martin Luther King Jr. and Kosciuszko Community Centers, with financing provided via general obligation bonding. (no tax levy impact)

All other Budget Amendments approved by the Finance & Audit Committee were approved with no objection. Click here for the complete list of amendments.

Separate from the Budget file, the Board also voted:

19-0 to approve Amendment No. 2, which accounts for personnel actions through November 3, 2011 not reflected in the County Executive’s Recommended Budget. 14-5 (No: Borkowski, De Bruin, Jursik, Mayo, Weishan) to approve ordinance related to County sales tax revenue

18-1 (No: Mayo) to approve ordinance related to the Office of the Sheriff – Parking regulations 11-8 (No: Borkowski, Broderick, De Bruin, Haas, Johnson, Mayo, Romo, Weishan) to approve ordinance related to admission charges/parking fees at the Zoo 16-3 (No: Broderick, Mayo, Thomas) to abolish ordinance relating to reimbursing non-represented County attorneys for continuing legal education and membership dues in the Wisconsin Bar Association

19-0 to approve the $822,915 special levy for Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

12-7 to approve a 2012 Property Tax Levy of $275,805,499, a difference of $6,250,798 or 2.3% from 2011. 10-9 to approve the 2012 County Budget, as amended.

Supervisors who voted in favor of adopting the 2012 County Tax Levy (12-7):

Supervisors Eyon Biddle, Sr., Gerry Broderick, Marina Dimitrijevic, Lynne De Bruin, Jason Haas, Nikiya Q. Harris, Willie Johnson, Jr., Theodore Lipscomb, Peggy Romo West, Johnny L. Thomas, John F. Weishan, Jr., Chairman Lee Holloway

Supervisors who voted against:

Supervisors Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Patricia Jursik, Michael Mayo, Sr., Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, Jim “Luigi” Schmitt

Supervisors who voted in favor of adopting the 2012 County Budget (13-6):

Supervisors Eyon Biddle, Sr., Gerry Broderick, Lynne De Bruin, Marina Dimitrijevic, Jason Haas, Nikiya Q. Harris, Willie Johnson, Jr., Theodore Lipscomb, Michael Mayo, Sr., Peggy Romo West, Johnny L. Thomas, John F. Weishan, Jr., Chairman Lee Holloway

Supervisors who voted against:

Supervisors Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Patricia Jursik, Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, Jim “Luigi” Schmitt

The County Board will consider any vetoes from the County Executive, as it relates to the 2012 Budget, Wednesday, November 16th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.


Tweeting from the Milwaukee County 2012 Budget Adoption meeting

It’s all over here.

Results from 11/3/11 Milwaukee County Board meeting

Today was the last Milwaukee County Board meeting prior to passing the 2012 budget, which happens Monday, November 7.

• 12-7 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Johnson, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to lay over [emphasis added] the County Executive’s veto of a resolution providing for an advisory referendum on the plan by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to pay approximately $41.1 million to the City of Franklin for the costs related to building the Ryan Creek Interceptor project.

• 16-3 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice) to override [emphasis added] the County Executive’s veto of a resolution to negotiate an agreement to fund an artistic bus shelter with the Bay View Business Improvement District.

• Referred back to Committee with no objection – to amend County Ordinances as it pertains to sick leave policies regarding sick allowance accrual and payout or credit at retirement.

• 18-1 (No: Sanfelippo) to approve an ordinance to govern the carrying of concealed weapons in Milwaukee County buildings, and to amend the schedule of cash deposits and maximum penalties.

• 18-1 (No: Borkowski) to adopt the Long-Range Lakefront Planning Committee’s Report for the development of Milwaukee’s lakefront.

• 12-7 (No: Biddle, Borkowski, Cesarz, Rice, Romo West, Sanfelippo, Holloway) to reject a resolution expressing intent to collaborate with the City of Milwaukee to utilize funds of $54.9 million to enhance Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) services.

• 14-5 (No: Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo, Schmitt) to create an Economic Development Fund in order to develop sustainable jobs and new tax base in Milwaukee County.

• 13-5-1 (No: Borkowski, Cesarz, Jursik, Rice, Sanfelippo; Abstain: Thomas) to approve a resolution stating opposition to Assembly Bill 329 relating to changing the Milwaukee County Treasurer to an elected Comptroller position.

All other items on today’s agenda were approved with no objection. The complete digest agenda from today’s meeting can be found on the County Legislative Information Center.

The next meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisor is the Budget Adoption meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2011, in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The veto override session, if necessary, will be Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

The next regular meeting will be Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.


Live Blogging 11/2 Budget Hearing

To listen live to the session, visit this link. (The meeting is now over.) Please let me know if it does not work for you.

Newer content is toward the bottom of this post. (I’ll do that the other way around next time.)

In the end, the committee voted to raise the levy by 2.153%.

Based on actions taken thus far, the tax levy change is $5,802,727 for a final levy of $275,357,428, an increase of 2.153%. Even with cuts to almost every program in the County government, that amounts to about $5/person. EMS funding is cut in half — though the county executive proposed eliminating it entirely.  This is not to mention that we have virtually no contingency fund, and next year our ability to raise the tax levy will be severely limited.


Amendment 1A069 by Sanfelippo

  • Would delay implementation of the Universal Screening program proposed by CE Abele and approved by the Board while also restoring booking deputies .
  • Motion to Deny by De Bruin.
  • Sheriff’s fiscal administrator: Sheriff Dept. not doing any screening. Mayo: Who does booking? Combination of deputies and correctional officers.
  • People from the Judiciary are speaking. DA Chisholm is now up, making arguments in favor. Chisholm says hard questions are appropriate and important. He said “gut-wrenching decisions” twice now.
  • CE’s Legislative Director Tia Torhorst is now speaking in favor of the bill.
  • Kit Murphy McNally urges rejection of the amendment and passage of the original proposal.
  • Motion to Deny: Approved 6-0.

Amendment 1A076 by Lipscomb

  • Would place money back in the 2012 budget for membership in the Wisconsin Counties Association.
  • Chief of Staff Terry Cooley is speaking on behalf of Board Chairman Holloway, who opposes the amendment.
  • Finance Committee Chairman Thomas concurs with Chairman Holloway. “WCA was supposed to be our friend,” but they have opposed issues and positions that are in Milwaukee County’s best interests. Concerns about their “best and brightest” not being so.
  • Motion to Deny by Thomas.
  • Schmitt: familiar with the history,  but we shouldn’t give up our lobbying ability. Although we lobby for things we know we’ll lose on, if we pull the plug, we’ll lose for good.
  • Romo West: Echo Sup. Thomas’s concerns, adding that her concerns were ignored by WCA. Also, where is women’s leadership in WCA?
  • Mayo: I will support move to deny. Why keep throwing money at someone when their lobbying doesn’t work? We have better uses for the $35,000.
  • Johnson: We will remain part of Wisconsin County Insurance Corporation.
  • Lipscomb: I don’t dispute anything that has been said; I’m not an apologist for WCA. I’ve had spirited arguments with them. Not for status quo. “I believe this is the right move, a shot over the bow to get their attention.” “I do respect everyone’s position on this.”
  • Motion to Deny: Approved 4-2. (De Bruin, Schmitt)

Amendment 1A070 by Weishan

  • Appropriation of $150,000 to offset cost of establishing a separate elected Office of Comptroller.
  • Thomas will abstain from voting on this bill.
  • Schmitt: Questions about the cost of the office. How will the state bill be cost-neutral to the County?
  • Weishan: State Sen. Taylor’s amendment will have the County prepare a report… saying we have to fit 3 new positions (Treasurer, elected Controller, Deputy Controller) into the budget which pays for one position — and we can’t raise the tax levy to pay for these positions. Costs must be pulled from other parts of the budget. If Abele says it’s not going to effect the tax levy, they should take it from the CEX’s office.
  • Mayo, to Torhorst: Where is this paid for? Torhorst: It’s paid for. Mayo: where? (Section 1200). Mayo: have you told Madison you have the funding for this? (Deputy Controller has been a funded position, but has been empty for some time. It’s not in the budget overview because it has been an existing funded position.) Torhorst: “I don’t believe that we are actively floating funding anywhere.” Mayo: You are telling me you are not floating anything up in Madison. Is that correct? Is CE floating any source that does not work with this body? Torhorst: I believe statement is that we will work with county board to find funding.
  • Mayo moves approval.
  • Johnson: not for the legislation in Madison. How we’re functioning now is good, I will not support this amendment.
  • Weishan: This is a cost increase for Milwaukee County.
  • Biddle: I oppose this, advocate taking $ out of  CEX’s budget, as this is not initiative he talked to the County Board about. He has worked with GMC and state to ram through very bad bill. They’ll work with us after the bill passes. Not before. We should have money in the event we have to work together. We’re not now.
  • Romo West: question on salaries. Position proposed in Madison: price tag? What is it? It would be a huge mistake to get rid of our auditor, perplexed that Milwaukee delegation signed onto this bill at the state.
  • Pat Farley, DAS Director: I didn’t see any salary attached to the comptroller position. (Controller position is $117,000.)
  • Romo West: is that salary you see bringing person in at? Farley: I haven’t talked with CEX about this.
  • Motion to Approve: Failed 2-3. (This will come to the Board.)

Amendment 1A016 by Biddle

  • Audit with no tax levy: are privatized services providing maximum output?
  • Romo West: was there a similar audit a few years ago? Hard to hear response from budget analyst.
  • Romo West moves approval.
  • DeBruin: If state creates new position, will we have authority to do this? Budget analyst was not sure.
  • Approved 6-0.

Amendment 1A025 by Haas

  • Have IMSD perform a study about transition to open source web and email servers. My amendment!
  • Passed 5-0, Schmitt was excused. He asked to be added.
Amendment 1A066
  • Delete on position of IT Director – Business Development
  • Failed 3-3.
Amendments 1A067, 1A068, 1A074 (all on Sheriff)
  • Restores funding for Correctional Officers by unfunding five CO Manager positions.
  • Jurisk: Procedurally, how will we operate here? We are still in negotiations with sheriffs deputies. Analyst: we want to make positions within the budget that will dovetail with negotiations as they proceed. Jursik: how will this get done without information in front of you? Analyst: we can consider amendments under suspension of the rules on Monday (during the budget meeting).
  • Now hearing Amendment 1A074  by Lipscomb.
  • DeBruin: 1A067, 1A068 are competing amendments, we couldn’t pass both.
  • Schmitt: We shouldn’t be doing this due to negotiations.
  • Johnson: Christensen consent decree has caused us to pay over $600,000.
  • Romo West: Concerns about the sheriff being able to do as he pleases with the $ are unfounded.  CEX budget calls for removal of 133 deputies. “I see slow disintegration here of our front line staff.”
  • Johnson moves approval of 1A074. Passed 5-0.
Amendment 1A072 by Biddle
  • Creates interns as part of the Ready To Work program.
  • Approved 6-0.
Amendment 1A 061 by Weishan, Dimitrijevic, Lipscomb, Biddle, Haas, Harris
  • Restores $1.5 million to EMS services (which wouldn’t have been a problem if the state had passed the 1% sales tax levy we voted for in 2008!)
  • Torhorst: Does this require us to reopen contract? Weishan: we would exercise our exit clause. Torhorst: CEX is leery of renegotiation.
  • Jurisk: This is exercising right to renegotiate and then micromanages rates.
  • DeBruin: Jursik’s original amendment would have been cleaner, but the committee did not adopt it. This is an improvement over the original we voted for, as it recognizes legal issues, redoes the formula, and removes senior funding clause. County Exec didn’t want to fund anything. CEX would prefer not to reopen contract? Torhorst: Current contract goes to 12/31/12… won’t comment on raising tax levy to pay for EMS…
  • Weishan: the standing deal was a backroom deal. We’re trying to make this better. Under CEX’s budget, all services would go away.
  • Reconsideration of 1A006: approved 4-2.
  • DeBruin moved to substitute 1A 061 for 1A 006: 4-2.
  • Approval of 1A 061:  4-2.
  • Denial of 1A 006: Approved 5-1.
Amendment 1A 064 by Mayo
  • Approved 6-0.
Amendment 1C 009 by Lipscomb
  • Increase contingency by $1.45 million, and increase tax levy. Total increase 2.7% of the levy.
  • Move to Deny  by DeBruin.
  • Romo West supports move to deny: “I can’t support 2.7% increase in tax levy.”
  • Motion to Deny approved 4-2.
Amendment 1C 008 by Lipscomb
  • Would have the County allow its contract with Cambridge Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2011.
  • County would issue RFP for “local, well-established and licensed insurance agencies” for actuarial healthcare plan services.
  • Analyst: might want to take care the firm has national ties to get best rates.
  • DeBruin: how long have we been with Cambridge? Analyst: over five years, multiple contracts. Going self-insured, it was thought we could develop in-house staff. DBR: Amount paid to Cambridge today? Analyst: We’d have to get an actual #; not sure what it’s been. DBR: Given length of contract, I support RFP, but I have trouble with this amendment, as it forces the RFP to be local, “which I think limits to scope.” Analyst: AFAIK, Cambridge does not make any money from the insurance or medical vendors we work with; you don’t want that. DBR: This is too narrow for my comfort. Also, if we wanted to re-RFP, when would that be?
  • DAS Director: It’s good business practice to re-bid; over-specifying is bad, as it excludes ppl. [Discussion continues…]
  • DeBruin: would administration support RFPing the contract at this point? DAS Director: Yes. Month-to-month work with Cambridge to ensure no lapse of services.
  • DeBruin moved to deny. “I am concerned that the way this amendment is written… you could only solicit requests from local companies” while excluding national ones. Concerns about conflicts of interest.
  • Sanfelippo: Not saying we should move away from self-insurance; feel it’s the best way to go to save $. “The RFP could be written in a way that does not keep Cambridge” out, but they would have to work with a firm that knows the local market well. (Did he just argue on behalf of the workers?!)  “Cambridge is a nice firm; I’m not picking on them.”
  • DeBruin: The amendment “reads differently.” Questions about how to structure the language to include local options.
  • (Cambridge, in 2011, billed just over $400,000.)
  • Scmitt: “There’s a cost here, sure, but look at the rewards.” … sounds supportive of Cambridge… will support denial.
  • Thomas calls for a vote: motion to deny failed 3-3.
Amendment 2: failed approval 3-2.
State Exempt Computer Aid
  • Will in effect reduce tax levy… by $459. The changes adopted today lowered the levy by that amount. DeBruin moved approval.
  • Approved 5-1 (Mayo).
Technical Corrections that were laid over:
  • Approved 5-1 (Mayo)
Property Taxes as Amended
  • Based on actions taken thus far, the tax levy change is $5,802,727 for a final levy of $275,357,428, an increase of 2.153%.
  • DeBruin moved approval.
  • Approved 4-2 (Schmitt, Mayo)
Budget As Amended
  • Moved approval: 5-1. (Schmitt)

The meeting is adjourned.

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