As promised, here is the text of the referendum the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted to approve last week:
Shall the State of Wisconsin grant Milwaukee County the authority to provide property tax relief of at least sixty-five million dollars ($65 million) by levying a one percent (1%) county sales and use tax to be used to removed the following three items from the property tax levy: parks recreation culture, transit and emergency medical services (EMS)?
Two developments since last week: County Executive Scott Walker has unsurprisingly said he’ll veto the measure, and County Supervisor Theo Libscomb has indicated his support for the measure. Sup. Libscomb’s support should give the County Board the votes they need to override Walker’s veto and let the people of Milwaukee County decide once and for all on this issue.
Ken Mobile has some relevant thoughts about our Supervisor, Lynne DeBruin, and her changing excuses over the past few years to block this initiative.
We’ll see whether she chooses to side with Scott Walker again, or if she’s got another excuse to block the people of Milwaukee County having their say when the override vote comes up in July.