County Executive Chris Abele on Monday vetoed an attempt by the County Board to seek a state or independent audit of county government.
The board approved the move last month after Abele and the Greater Milwaukee Committee said they backed draft legislation to slash pay of supervisors and make a major cut in the County Board’s budget. Some supervisors have called for a broader review of county government, saying a greater range of efficiency moves should be considered.
Abele described the audit attempt as a delaying tactic.
In his veto message, Abele said another audit was unnecessary because three previous audits – one by the state and two by the county – already “touched on this issue.” A 2004 audit found the board’s budget and staff were above the national average, but “despite this, the County Board did not meaningfully reform,” Abele stated.