Doesn’t it seem like he just tries to make stuff up that sounds good? Of course, once the money is flowing into Milwaukee, it could be used for anything… like trolleys, employee benefits, and other stuff that doesn’t sound as good.
If the tax were approved, it would raise an estimated $160 million, Barrett said, and 25 percent, or $40 million, would go to property tax relief in the form of a credit.
Barrett said the city of Milwaukee would use part of the money for lead abatement on aging homes with lead paint and replacing lead laterals in the city’s water system.
He said without the additional revenue, the Milwaukee Police Department is likely to have fewer officers in the next city budget.
“I do not want to do that,” Barrett said. “A way for us to avoid that is to have this sales tax.”
Some enterprising reporter should look into the city budget and see what other spending is being prioritized over these things already.