County Board debate heats up

CREATED Jan 11, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Should Milwaukee county supervisors be part time?  State lawmakers are discussing that issue.

Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo wants to make his old job a part-time gig.
"Time and time again the state has had to come in and clean up where the county has failed.  This is just another one of those instances," Rep. Sanfelippo said.
Now State Representative Sanfelippo and State Senator Alberta Darling are proposing a referendum for voters to decide if Milwaukee County Supervisor should be a full-time job.
As they announced the plan Friday, protestors interrupted.
"We don't need the state running Milwaukee," they chanted.
County Supervisor Peggy Romo West counters state lawmakers are sticking their noses where it doesn't belong.
"It's a little distressing that they are willing to weigh in on local control," said Romo West.
Sanfelippo and Darling argue the state controls the county government, and that they are putting the power back in resident's hands.
"The county government is an arm of the state govt.  The state created the county, the state has the authority to abolish the county," said Rep. Sanfelippo.
"This is an ultimate form of local control issue because we want local control to be put to the people of Milwaukee County to decide this issue," said Sen. Darling.
Romo West contends it comes down to local representation.
"This honestly squelches the voice of our Milwaukee County residents," Romo West said.
Darling and Sanfelippo are hoping Milwaukee County residents will vote on the issue in April.