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{{TOCnestright}}'''Milwaukee''' is a city in [[Wisconsin]].
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==Website evaluation==
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{{TOCnestright (Sunshine Review)}}'''Milwaukee''' is a city in [[Wisconsin]].
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===The good===
 
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==Website evaluation==
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:* Main article: ''[[Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites]]
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This site was last rated on Dec. 5, 2012.
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==The good==
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* Budget
 
* Budget
 
** The most current budget is listed.
 
** The most current budget is listed.
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* Administrative officials
 
* Administrative officials
 
** Department heads are listed for each department.<ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/CityDepartments ''Milwaukee, WI'', Department Directory, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012]</ref>
 
** Department heads are listed for each department.<ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/CityDepartments ''Milwaukee, WI'', Department Directory, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012]</ref>
** Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
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** Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  
 
* Public records<Ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/PublicRecords ''Milwaukee'', Public Records, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012]</ref>
 
* Public records<Ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/PublicRecords ''Milwaukee'', Public Records, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012]</ref>
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* Taxes<Ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/treasurer ''Milwaukee'', Treasurer, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012]</ref>
 
* Taxes<Ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/treasurer ''Milwaukee'', Treasurer, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012]</ref>
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
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** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.
 
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.
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** The city provides a list of licensed lobbyists and how much was spent on lobbying.<ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/Lobbying10166.htm Lobbying]</ref>
 
** The city provides a list of licensed lobbyists and how much was spent on lobbying.<ref>[http://city.milwaukee.gov/Lobbying10166.htm Lobbying]</ref>
  
==The bad==
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===The bad===
 
* The city's checkbook register is not posted.
 
* The city's checkbook register is not posted.
 
* Lobbying
 
* Lobbying
** If the city is a member of [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying|government sector lobbying associations]] it is not disclosed. Nor is the membership dues for associations available.
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** If the city is a member of [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying|government sector lobbying associations]], it is not disclosed, nor are the membership dues for associations available.
  
 
==Public pensions==
 
==Public pensions==
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* [[Wisconsin]]
 
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* [[Websites of Wisconsin cities]]
 
* [[Websites of Wisconsin cities]]
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==External link==
 
==External link==
 
{{wikipedia entry}}
 
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* [http://www.ci.mil.wi.us/ Official City of Milwaukee website]
 
* [http://www.ci.mil.wi.us/ Official City of Milwaukee website]
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Revision as of 09:30, 16 August 2013

Milwaukee is a city in Wisconsin.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 14 years.[1]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[2][3]
  • Meetings
    • 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.[4]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[5]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Public records[6]
    • 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.
  • Taxes[7]
    • 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
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[8]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[10]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[11]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000 are available.[12]
  • Lobbying
    • The city provides a list of licensed lobbyists and how much was spent on lobbying.[13]

The bad

  • The city's checkbook register is not posted.
  • Lobbying

Public pensions

Main article: Wisconsin public pensions
See also: Milwaukee employee salaries

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.[14] The report states that the pension plans could be out of money as early at 2025.[14]

Municipality
(number of plans)
Liabilities, Stated Basis, June ’09 ($B) Liabilities (ABO), Treasury Rate Net Pension Assets ($B) Unfunded Liability ($B) Unfunded Liability / Revenue Unfunded Liability per Household ($)
Milwaukee (1) 4.4 6.7 3.3 3.4 687% 14,853

Lobbying

Main article: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

In 2010, Milwaukee reported $10,000 spent on lobbying. [15]

See also

External link

References

  1. Milwaukee, Budget Documents, Accessed: Nov 29, 2012
  2. Milwaukee, Council Members, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  3. Milwaukee, Office of the Mayor, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  4. Milwaukee, Calendar, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  5. Milwaukee, WI, Department Directory, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  6. Milwaukee, Public Records, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  7. Milwaukee, Treasurer, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  8. Milwaukee, Zoning Code, Accessed Dec 5, 2012
  9. Milwaukee, Planning and Permits, Accessed: Dec5, 2012
  10. Milwaukee, Bid Information, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  11. Milwaukee, Purchasing, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  12. Milwaukee, Office of the Comptroller, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  13. Lobbying
  14. 14.0 14.1 MacIver Institute, City of Milwaukee Pension a Ticking Time Bomb According to Northwestern Study, Oct. 12, 2010
  15. Milwaukee - Open Secrets