Public Policy Forum Research

 

The Public Policy Forum aims to build public understanding of local government finances through comprehensive fiscal assessments and annual budget briefs. These reports shed light on the state of governmental fiscal affairs and their associated impacts on valued public services. Recent publications include in-depth financial reviews of Milwaukee County, the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Milwaukee Public Schools. The Forum has complemented these projects with annual budget reviews for two of the area’s largest taxing bodies, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee. In addition to these published reports, the Forum regularly works with local government agencies, providing more focused analyses in areas that can improve financial strength.

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Feb, 2008
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is southeastern Wisconsin’s largest economic development tool. With 176 TIF districts and $8.4 billion in property value, the collective tax base devoted to TIF districts in our region ranks behind only the city of...
Jan, 2008
Infrastructure – literally in the case of roads and sewers – underlies the growth and development of cities and regions. And because infrastructure serves generations of citizens, governments generally pay for it through long-term borrowing....
Dec, 2007
On April Fools’ Day 2008, Milwaukee citizens will elect people to four-year terms in city and county public offices. Candidates for those offices have an obligation not to fool voters with shallow promises but rather to provide answers to critical...
Nov, 2007
From 2001 to 2006, households moving out of the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin region took with them $1.3 billion more in personal income than those moving into the region brought with them. This five-year loss represents a fraction (3%) of the...
Jul, 2007
This year for the first time the Public Policy Forum has released a pullout poster ranking the property values and tax rates of all the municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin. The poster ranks all 147 municipalities in six different categories:...
Jun, 2007
A year ago when our annual tax analysis found the smallest increase in the property tax levy in five years, we wondered if that would be the start of a trend. It wasn’t. In retrospect, the relatively small increase of 2.4% was an anomaly. This...

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