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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May, 2004
Following Governor Doyle's veto of the State Legislature's attempt to cap local property taxes, many local officials took it upon themselves to promise to voters that they would either limit tax levy increases to the level that they were able to...
Mar, 2004
Since 1992 Milwaukee County's share of total property value in the seven-county region has diminished from 41% to 35%.
Jan, 2004
City finances should be a key concern to both city officials and the taxpayers who foot the bill for city expenditures and receive the benefits of city services.
Nov, 2003
The Police Department is the largest General City Purposes department in Milwaukee.
Oct, 2003
A vibrant property base ensures a reliable source of revenue for city spending.
Jun, 2003
Municipal government spending across Southeast Wisconsin increased 5.8% from 2000 to 2001, the latest year of available data.