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Every four years, Milwaukeeans elect in nonpartisan elections a Mayor and Common Council (aldermen and - women).  They also elect three lesser-known city-wide officials: the City Attorney, Comptroller, and Treasurer.

The City Treasurer oversees those city employees who receive payments and issue checks.  The Treasurer’s office sends out the combined property tax bills, and has a hand in the city’s investment policies.  It is essentially a “watchdog” position, (supposedly) focused on the city’s long-term financial condition.  Click here for a 2004 report from the Public Policy Forum showing that the city’s per-capita debt increased 98.8% in just one decade, rasing the question, What good is a watchdog that hasn’t barked in over 30 years? 

 

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