Whither MKE Cnty: OUR Milwaukee: The Plan

This morning I typed up the press release from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors about their OUR Milwaukee plan. Since then I have received the outline of the plan and present it here in its entirety:

OUR Milwaukee County Plan


To discuss reform of Milwaukee County government comprehensively, inclusively and locally


To create dialogue and listening sessions involving affected parties throughout Milwaukee County

To discuss reform that is data-driven, fact-based and inclusive of people affected by Milwaukee County


Propose consistent agenda for discussion:


•Item One: Secure data-driven, fact-based independent analysis of countywide governance

•Action: Reach out to partners to put together this analysis in a timely manner. We took
the first step yesterday in approving an outside audit, and we will follow through on this promise
to study county governance and look at county wide reforms.

•Item Two: Evaluate Size of County Governance

•Action: We do not believe that imposing an immediate budget cut on the board without analysis and discussion is productive.
We would support making changes to county governance and believe this should be part of the whole discussion for change. We would potentially need to ask the state after the local discussion for the tool to rightsize our governance structure. Business leaders, former county supervisors and many current supervisors believe we address concerns by rightsizing the board and rightsize the executive office to bring us in line.
We will promote changes to co unty governance departments, as long as it is fair and balanced. We can also look to other departments,
like the County Treasurer, who has a proposal for change.

•Item Three: Act immediately to finding efficiencies and discuss where we might find more in the next budget

•Action: The Board Chairwoman has found efficiencies in the department and will make cuts during this public process. It is believed the cuts will amount to a 20 percent cut in expenses. In addition, and through the help of discussions and outside analysis, the Chairwoman
commits to looking for ways to trim the County Board budget through other measures, such as working with the County Clerk to streamline duties,
all of which can happen in this cycle.

•Item Four: Define Roles of Self-Governing

•Action: We will revise Board review of reports, appointments and appearances by department heads, to clarify the potential for misunderstanding of roles between the executive branch and the legislative branch.


•Item One: Explore any and all possible avenues of consolidation

•Action: Move forward with task force to reach out to municipal partners immediately and to discuss seriously ways we can together move forward on consolidation of services.


•Item One: Open up the public discussion and work to support dedicated funding for Transit,
Parks, and our Cultural Institutions and the Bradley Center

• Action: We would like to start the public discussion and work with community partners on finding dedicated funding for our county treasurer and keep our economy growing. It is time we get the public invested in this commitment and move forward.


•Item One: We are dedicated to continue to push forward with mental health redesign. Now more than ever we need the public and people who utilize these services to push all of us to make improvements and forge ahead with modernizing and helping those with mental illness stay in the
community while getting the services they need.

•Action: We started yesterday by setting benchmarks and timelines for improvement. We invite families, advocates and the workers who care about our most vulnerable population to help us push hard for immediate change. We believe we all need to engage more heavily in the
improvement of comprehensive mental health services.

And again I apologize for any typos or formatting errors…they are my fault!

Whither MKE Cnty: County Board of Supervisors Annonuces OUR Milwaukee!

I am typing this from a photo that was emailed to me just a while ago…so any lapse in spelling or grammar is probably my fault

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Unveils Countywide Government Reform Initiative

“OUR Milwaukee” aimed at Comprehensive, Inclusive, and Local Government Reform

Milwaukee – County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Supervisors today announced the launch of “OUR Milwaukee”, a local government reform initiative, at the MLK Community Center, located at 1531 W. Vliet St in Milwaukee.

The word “OUR” of “OUR Milwaukee” stands for “Outreach for Unified Reform”. The goals are to discuss the reform of Milwaukee County government and to create dialogue and listening sessions, inviting everybody whose daily lives are touched by Milwaukee County government.

“We are delivering on the promise of government reform discussion that is local and inclusive,” said Chairwoman Dimitrijevic. “We are eager to listen to our constituents – the people who live throughout Milwaukee County – to hear their ideas for efficiency and effectiveness.”

The initiative, which includes a consistent agenda designed to spark discussion and debate, is set to include a series of town hall meetings in all 18 Supervisory districts throughout the months of February and March as well as a nighttime public hearing in March.

The areas for discussion as outlined in the proposed agenda include: County Governance, Services Consolidation, Funding Sources and Mental Health.

In sharp contrast to the reform plans floated to-date by a select few, the OUR Milwaukee initiative will involve the active participation of local, community partners, such as religious groups, business leaders, members of the African-American and Hispanic organizations, health care advocates and others.

“I’m proud that District 10 is hosting the kick-off of the OUR Milwaukee initiative to illustrate the importance of having public discussions with the diverse people of Milwaukee County in their own neighborhoods – not behind closed doors and not in Madison,” said Supervisor David Bowen. “This initiative also focuses on evidence-based public discussion, not arbitrary numbers.”

Additionally, a key element of the initiative is the request and receipt of an independent audit of county governance overall, including a review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of County Executive and Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.