|By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The committee also unraveled a deal to enlist the
Abele had proposed a property tax freeze for 2013, with the levy at the same
Abele said, however, the committee's changes to his budget were for the worse and he'll try to veto them.
The finance committee vote on the budget was 8-1. Supervisor
Abele's budget relied heavily on shifting health costs to county workers and cuts to the sheriff's budget as a way to avoid a shortfall in his 2013 budget.
Those employee health increases would be scaled back significantly under the committee action. The panel voted to restore
"What I'm not hearing in this discussion is a voice for the taxpayers, a voice for maintaining services," Abele said. "What I'm hearing is it's like Christmas."
The finance committee move to re-establish the flexible health care spending accounts would create a future hole in the county budget, Abele warned.
He also took issue with moves by the committee that targeted Abele's staff, including cutting a lobbyist and another position he wanted to add to his office and restructuring the job of economic development director so the
That was aimed at Brian Taffora, Abele's pick as economic development chief. Supervisors have disagreed with Abele's decision to waive the residency rule for Taffora, who lives in
In other key budget changes, the committee:
Rejected Abele's plan to require part-time employees to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for health benefits. The goal was to cut overtime, especially at the county's
Boosted the county subsidy for emergency medical services to
Earlier in the week, the committee rejected a plan by Abele and Mayor
That intergovernmental cooperation deal initially also included the 911 change. The county panel on Thursday amended earlier action to kill both the park patrol and the 911 deal at Barrett's urging. The finance panel separately endorsed paying the city
Tempers flared over the issue of rebuilding the long-shuttered
An earlier version of this story said money for a new wellness program would come mainly from savings through a county debt financing. The main source was actually unspent money from the 2012 budget earmarked for a wellness program.
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