|Last mayoral election:||2012|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||2012|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||15|
|2014 FY Budget:||$590 million|
|Population in 2013:||599,164|
African American 40.0%
Hispanic or Latino 17.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.8%
Two or More 3.4%
|Median household income:||$35,823|
|High school graduation rate:||80.8%|
|College graduation rate:||21.7%|
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The city of Milwaukee utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.
The mayor serves as the city's chief executive. He or she is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Tom Barrett is the current Mayor of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee City Council - often called the Common Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
Milwaukee's city council has fifteen members. Each member is elected by one of the city's fifteen districts.
The Milwaukee City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
For a list of Milwaukee's committees and committee members, see here.
Milwaukee's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $590 million.
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 286-2489
To contact individual council members, see here.
Milwaukee's initiative process follows state law.
As of September 2014, up-to-date information on Milwaukee's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.
According to a 2010 report published at Northwestern University, Milwaukee is one of the ten municipalities with the largest amount of unfunded pension liabilities. Nationwide there is $574 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for local pension plans, and this is in addition to the $3 trillion in debt facing state-sponsored pension plans. The report states that the pension plans could be out of money as early at 2025.
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- See also: Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 14 years.
- Elected officials
- Meeting minutes are archived for 15 years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- Meeting video or podcasts are available.
- Administrative officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Public records
- The public information officer is identified. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- A central public records site gives access to most common records.
- Public records requests are handled by each department independently. Contact information for each department head is given.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Residents are able to pay taxes online.
- Permits and zoning
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2000 are available.
- The city provides a list of licensed lobbyists and how much was spent on lobbying.
- The city's checkbook register is not posted.
- If the city is a member of government sector lobbying associations, it is not disclosed, nor are the membership dues for associations available.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 15, 2014
- Milwaukee City Charter, Sec. 3.01, accessed on September 15, 2014
- City of Milwaukee, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 15, 2014
- Milwaukee City Charter, Sec. 4.05-34, accessed on September 15, 2014
- City of Milwaukee, "City Council," accessed on September 15, 2014
- City of Milwaukee, "Milwaukee City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
- City of Milwaukee, "2014 Budget-in-Brief," accessed on September 15, 2014
- MacIver Institute, "City of Milwaukee Pension a Ticking Time Bomb According to Northwestern Study," Oct. 12, 2010
- City of Milwaukee, "Budget Documents," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Council Members," accessed on December 4, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Calendar," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, WI, "Department Directory," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Public Records," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Treasurer," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Zoning Code," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Planning and Permits," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Bid Information," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Purchasing," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Office of the Comptroller," accessed on November 29, 2012
- City of Milwaukee, "Lobbying," accessed on November 29, 2012