SOUTH MILWAUKEE - Faced with ongoing fiscal challenges, the city is evaluating several funding options to maintain what it calls "the first-class fire and police services residents have come to expect."
City officials are soliciting feedback via a community-wide survey to determine how best to proceed with future budget decisions. They're urging residents to provide feedback through the survey by the May 26 deadline.
A continuing decline in outside funding for paramedic services – especially funding from Milwaukee County – has created "a significant budget gap that continues to grow," South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks said in a press release.
Brooks said South Milwaukee must act to preserve locally provided paramedic services into the future. The City has also identified a need for additional police officers to fulfill all of the department’s response and preventative responsibilities.
“South Milwaukee is not alone in our budget challenges, but we are at a crossroads and need community feedback to guide our future actions,” Brooks said. “We encourage all residents to take a few minutes to share their thoughts by completing the survey.”
The city has developed an assessment of public safety funding options to provide additional details on the decisions facing local leaders. Residents are encouraged to review the assessment, which can be found on the city’s website at www.smwi.org.
Surveys arrived in residents’ mailboxes last week, but residents are encouraged to take the survey online to reduce handling costs.
To participate online, go to www.survey2000.com and enter the survey access number printed on the survey that was mailed to every household.
Or complete the printed copy survey mailed to each household and return in the enclosed postage-paid envelope or to City Hall, 2424 15th Ave., South Milwaukee WI 53172.
The survey code can be used only once. To obtain a second survey for another adult in your household, call (414) 768-8051.
South Milwaukee is working with an independent survey administrator, Community Perceptions. Final survey results will be reported at a common council meeting later this summer and will also be available on the city’s website.