Answering Your Questions on the Public Safety Referendum

With the public safety referendum coming up Nov. 7, we want to make sure residents of South Milwaukee have the facts they need to make an informed decision at the polls.

With that in mind, we’ve created a one-stop source on our city website for information about the referendum and what got us to this point. Find it here.

Among the information you will find on this page …

  • The options assessment that took a deep dive at the issues facing us when it comes to funding our paramedics and police;
  • Results of the community survey we did in May; and
  • “frequently asked questions” document that we will continually update throughout the next two months. We posted this document on Wednesday.

Please review this information and share it, and look for more information soon on additional opportunities to learn about the referendum, including public events in September and October. For example, I’ll be at the Sept. 28 South Milwaukee Downtown Market from 4 to 6 p.m. answering questions on this and other topics as part of a Meet the Mayor event. That’s just the start.

You can also email questions to, or call 414-768-8051. Obviously, you can always contact me via email, my Facebook page or this blog.

We are committed to keeping the lines of communication open as the special election approaches — and giving you the information you need to make an educated choice.



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3 responses to “Answering Your Questions on the Public Safety Referendum

  1. Frank Gratke

    I stand opposed to the referendum. The reason being, a property tax increase, effects the lowest income citizens by landlords having to raise rents. Watching people walk over a mile to Wall-Mart to get groceries is to see why holding line on government spending, must come first.

  2. John Tangen

    I find it very curious that now that there is a referendum on the ballot that the smpf is actually doing work and making a point to post it so that all can see that they occasionally justify the tax expenditure. And the they have finally joined the 20th century with a citizens academy that surrounding cities have had for decades.
    And I find it almost funny that this is the year they decide to actually enforce the ordinances, regulations and laws regarding traffic around the schools after making complaints year after year and being told that “no one is available.” Well, at least the schools that I use and must pass on my travels along the law free zone of 15th ave, SMHS, SMMS and Rawson.
    Is all this just a coincidence?

    • Melanie

      Agreed, l am next door to the high school and suddenly there is a huge police presence in the morning, also am l the only one who has noticed that the sirens are much louder on all emergency vehicles?

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