County Board adopts 2013 budget, overrides 23 of 25 Abele vetoes

CREATED Nov 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 14, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors overrode 23 of 25 vetoes made by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in the 2013 budget proposal.

The board voted to increase a 2013 tax levy by nearly $4 million, as well as collaborate with the City of Milwaukee on response to emergency 9-1-1 calls and maintain 27 sheriff's deputies positions and commit public safety resources to Milwaukee County Parks.

Abele tried to lower the 2013 tax levy by $2.4 million -- which would have been the biggest tax decrease since at least 1994, but that veto was overturned.

"My vetoes struck a number of strong compromises with Supervisors while lowering the property tax rate. It's a shame the Board decided to throw that all away and continued their attack on me and taxpayers," Abele said. "As I've said all along, the Board should vet my proposed budget, but the undisciplined decisions they made today are putting Milwaukee County on a dangerous fiscal path."

The Journal Sentinel reports that the county board also prevailed in its effort to force Abele's economic development director, Brian Taffora, to comply with the county's residency requirement by essentially abolishing his job and re-creating it.

Abele and the board had fought over whether Taffora should be required to live in Milwaukee County.