Milwaukee County 2012 budget hearings, Day 4

Here is the customary summary from Board spokesman Harold Mester. My comments are in [brackets]. I’ll add my notes in detail later. (Done.)


Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance & Audit Committee is holding a series of public meetings throughout October on the County Executive’s 2012 Recommended Budget. Each day, the Committee reviews a number of specific departments and items in the budget.

Today, the Committee reviewed the following budgets:

• DHHS – Behavioral Health Division – Amendment approved 6-0 to keep any BHD savings within the BHD budget, rather than reprogramming for other community initiatives. Amendments on paramedics funding were laid over until a future meeting.

[This summary betrays the length of the discussion on this item, which was a lengthy discussion and debate. I noted that Supervisor de Bruin spoke in favor of moving mental health services from the sheriff’s control to BHD (Behavioral Health Division), which actually treats mental illnesses. As the supervisor noted, mental health is not the jail’s purvey.]

[I noted that budget item 6300 – Department of Health and Human Services – Behavioral Health Division contains “Realign Detox Funding,” which proposes to move detox from a “medial” operation to a “social model,” and would “utilize a nationally recognized patient placement model for care.” Supervisors de Bruin and Romo West both spoke very highly of this approach.]

• Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Amendment approved 6-0 to increase Potawatomi revenue to match the City of Milwaukee and allocate $100,000 in Potawatomi Revenue (rather than tax levy) to the Safe Alternatives for Youth program and restore budget narrative for the Safe Alternatives for Youth program to the Department of Health & Human Services-Delinquency and Court Services Division budget.

[Supervisor Romo West had an amendment on this item, but withdrew it.]

• Department on Aging – Amendment approved 6-0 to abolish one Accountant 1 instead of one Accountant 3.

• Department on Family Care

The Committee will continue its review of budgets and consideration of amendments throughout October in Room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The County Board of Supervisors, under the leadership of Chairman Lee Holloway, will adopt the 2012 Budget on Monday, November 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Click here to access the 2012 budget meeting schedule
Click here to listen to live audio from the meetings(available while meetings are in progress)
Click here to access the Budget Overview presented by County Board Staff 

The County Board’s annual Public Hearing on the 2012 Budget is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 31 at the Washington Park Senior Center, located at 4420 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.


Published by Jason Haas

I am a resident of the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. That sometimes comes up on here, as it's kind of a small part of my life. No official county business happens here. I'm mostly using this now to give a rough draft account of how we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. God help us all.

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