WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2017?

The formal resolution requesting permission to exceed the state revenue limit will appear as follows on the November 7 ballot:

Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of South Milwaukee for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2018, is limited to .09%, which results in a levy of $10,774,142. Shall the City of South Milwaukee be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2018, by a total of 5.73%, which results in a levy of $11,381,095?

 

 

 


WHAT WILL IT MEAN IF A MAJORITY OF VOTERS VOTE “YES”?
If the referendum is approved, the annual property tax would increase by $52 per year ($35 going toward paramedics and $17 going toward police) for every $100,000 of property value, starting with the bills issued in December 2017.

This funding will enable the City to maintain current paramedic services and hire two additional police officers.

Public Safety Referendum
$616,641 Per Year
(Increase of $52 per $100,000 of property value)

Property Value

Estimated Tax Increase

Per Year

Per Month

$100,000 of property value $ 52.00 $ 4.33
$150,000 of property value $ 78.00 $ 6.50
$200,000 of property value $ 104.00 $ 8.66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF A MAJORITY VOTE “NO” AND THE REFERENDUM FAILS?
If the referendum is rejected by a majority of voters, the City will be faced with difficult decisions to address the growing budget gap. The City will likely have to make additional cuts to current services – potentially including public safety – and would be unable to hire additional police officers to meet the growing community need.

A reduction in paramedic staff could double or even quadruple emergency response times and the likely require relying on neighboring municipalities such as the City of Milwaukee or Oak Creek for paramedic services (calls that require advanced levels of care).