2017 COMMUNITY SURVEY ON PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING
The City of South Milwaukee is evaluating several funding options to maintain the first-class fire and police services residents have come to expect.
A continuing decline in outside funding for paramedic services – especially funding from Milwaukee County – has created a significant budget gap that continues to grow. The City must take action if it is to preserve locally provided paramedic services into the future. The City has also identified a need for additional police officers to fulfill all of the department’s response and preventative responsibilities.
The City solicited feedback via a community-wide survey to determine how best to proceed with future budget decisions. The survey results were presented to the common council on Tuesday, June 20. The complete survey results are available below.
Highlights from the presentation include:
- 1,351 residents responded to the survey.
- 88% of respondents indicated that maintaining the current level of emergency services is important to them and their families.
- Three-quarters of the respondents encouraged the City to explore additional funding options to maintain the current level of EMS services rather than reducing services to balance the budget.
- A majority of respondents support a referendum to increase local property taxes in order to maintain existing fire and emergency medical services and hire two additional police officers.
The common council will evaluate the community’s feedback before making a final decision on whether or not to proceed with a referendum as part of the 2018 budget process. If a referendum is scheduled, it would likely be in early November. The Assessment of Public Safety Funding Options.