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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee is a city in Wisconsin.

Public pensions

See also: Wisconsin public pensions and 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.[1] The report states that the pension plans could be out of money as early at 2025.[1]

(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


See also: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

In 2010, Milwaukee reported $10,000 spent on lobbying.[2]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Wisconsin city websites
Budget Y
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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Lobbying P
Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 14 years.[3]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4][5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[7]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Public records[8]
    • 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[9]
    • 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.[10]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[11]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[12]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[13]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000 are available.[14]
  • Lobbying
    • The city provides a list of licensed lobbyists and how much was spent on lobbying.[15]

The bad

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

See also

External link


  1. 1.0 1.1 MacIver Institute, City of Milwaukee Pension a Ticking Time Bomb According to Northwestern Study, Oct. 12, 2010
  2. Milwaukee - Open Secrets
  3. Milwaukee, Budget Documents, Accessed: Nov 29, 2012
  4. Milwaukee, Council Members, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  5. Milwaukee, Office of the Mayor, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  6. Milwaukee, Calendar, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  7. Milwaukee, WI, Department Directory, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  8. Milwaukee, Public Records, Accessed: Dec 4, 2012
  9. Milwaukee, Treasurer, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  10. Milwaukee, Zoning Code, Accessed Dec 5, 2012
  11. Milwaukee, Planning and Permits, Accessed: Dec5, 2012
  12. Milwaukee, Bid Information, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  13. Milwaukee, Purchasing, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  14. Milwaukee, Office of the Comptroller, Accessed: Dec 5, 2012
  15. Lobbying