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, 2003
The 147 municipal governments in the seven counties of Southeastern Wisconsin spend $2.1 billion in 2001, the most recent year for which data are available.
Apr, 2003
Analysis of 2003 property taxes uncovered conflicting messages for hte region's taxpayers.
Feb, 2003
The Public Policy Forum's annual analysis of property tax base reveals that other areas of Wisconsin are outpacing the seven-county Southeastern region in growth of property values.
Nov, 2002
Unlike most urban areas in the country, government controls the majority of open space within Milwaukee County boundaries.