Abele, Clarke continue sparring over county budget

CREATED Sep 27, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- The Milwaukee County executive says his budget proposal will save taxpayer money and improve safety, but it's not without controversy.

Sheriff Clarke mentioned there has been two burglaries in his City of Milwaukee neighborhood this week, and that the city needs its police, and the parks need the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Clarke fired back at County Executive Chris Abele Thursday, arguing Abele's plan to have Milwaukee police patrol parks is foolish.

"The people of this community aren't stupid," said Clarke.  "The public, they see things for what they are.  I won't say if it's personal or not."

Abele fended off criticism that his plan is a power grab.

"That doesn't mean I can't work with the mayor, the police chief and anybody else," says Abele.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced the city's budget Thursday, which includes three furlough days for police officers.

Abele argues this won't impact his proposal for officers to watch over the parks.  "I don't want them accepting something they're not sure they can do."

"I know how to police," said Clarke.  "Abele doesn't know how to police, neither does Barrett."

Some county supervisors have already questioned Abele's proposal.  They will get to have a say when they vote on the final budget.