By MMAC President Tim Sheehy
Here are the three needed repairs supported by MMAC:
1. Increase shared revenue
2. Reform the City Pension
3. Access to a city sales tax
Why should a citywide sales tax be voted on by the Common Council and approved by the Mayor.
We hold elections with the intent of entrusting our leaders to make difficult decisions regarding convoluted issues. When considering the complexities involved between managing new sources of revenue and implementing a pension reform plan, it is in our best interest to hold them accountable for doing the work they were elected to do. Elected city leaders should be required to vote for this revenue source (in this case a sales tax) and be held accountable for its expenditure. This is not an unprecedented form of authorization.
This exercise of representative government also allows for a broad engagement of taxpaying stakeholders that go beyond city limits. Employers located in Milwaukee and Milwaukee County export $7.6B in personal income to their employees who work in Milwaukee but live in a surrounding county. Nowhere in the surrounding five-county region is the reverse true, every other county is a net importer of personal income. Milwaukee and its employers, in turn, benefit from this broad regional talent pool. Its arts, cultural and entertainment assets also thrive on this regional base of population. A referendum in the city excludes input from employers and the hundreds of thousands of citizens who utilize the city as a place to work, play and learn.
A vote of the elected officials at the state level to put the question in the hands of elected city officials is the best way to represent the citizens of this region.
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