Thursday, April 25, 2013
County Supervisor Steve Taylor said he no longer trusts county board members after a story alleging they illegally negotiated with a union.
Just three days after supporting a county board reform package, County Supervisor Steve Taylor reversed course and voted against the measure when it came to the full board. Taylor voted yes on the proposal, which cuts supervisors' pay by 20 percent and reduces the board's staff by 50 percent, in a committee meeting Monday. But he said he flipped his position after a Journal Sentinel story alleging the county board was negotiating with a de-certified union, which is illegal under Act 10. "Act 10 is the law of the land and if members of the board are willingly and knowingly violating this law, then how can I honestly trust that they will follow through with the proposed board reforms," Taylor said in a statement. "This is the first time in …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Steve Taylor says he supports state legislation reforming Milwaukee County government, but also backed an alternative proposal put forward by opponents.
As discussion continues on dueling efforts to reform Milwaukee County government, County Supervisor Steve Taylor said Tuesday he supports them both. One proposal, which is making its way through the state Legislature, would marginalize the Board of Supervisors' role in many county affairs and put a referendum on supervisors' pay to Milwaukee County voters. Opponents of that bill last week introduced a counter-proposal cutting supervisors' pay, though not as much, and reducing the board's staff by 50 percent. Taylor, who represents most of Oak Creek on the board, has previously endorsed the state bill and voted in favor of the new proposal in a committee meeting Monday. "I cannot cast a vote in Madison but I can in Milwaukee County," …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Mayor Steve Scaffidi testified Wednesday in support of a state Assembly bill that would restructure Milwaukee County government.
Mayor Steve Scaffidi spoke in favor of a proposed bill to reform Milwaukee County government during several hours of testimony in Madison Wednesday. Scaffidi lent his support to the bill, which would empower the county executive and marginalize county supervisors' roles in many areas of Milwaukee County affairs. A referendum would also be held next year on slashing county supervisors' pay from $50,679 to $24,000. Considering the amount of property tax money that goes to the county, the current government structure has not worked for Oak Creek residents, Scaffidi said "Talking to our residents, they overwhelmingly support something getting done," Scaffidi said. "They don't feel we're getting our money's worth for what's coming back." …
Friday, April 5, 2013
A forum Thursday night in South Milwaukee spelled out all of the changes under a proposed bill reforming Milwaukee County government.
A possible 2014 referendum on slashing salaries of Milwaukee County supervisors—essentially making them part-time positions—has gotten a lot of headlines in recent weeks. But as those attending a forum Thursday in South Milwaukee heard, it's far from the only part of state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo's proposed legislation reforming county government. Sanfelippo, himself a former county supervisor, explained the rationale behind his legislation to what appeared to be an evenly-split audience of roughly 200 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb provided counter-arguments, with County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who has not yet taken an official position on the bill, moderating the discussion. Besides supervisor …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The legislator behind a push to make the county board part time will discuss his proposal at a forum, which will also include a counterpoint from a county supervisor, Thursday in South Milwaukee.
The debate over the future of Milwaukee County government will come to the southern part of the county Thursday. County Supervisor Pat Jursik is sponsoring a forum set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave. State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo will discuss his proposal that calls for a referendum on making county supervisor positions part time, while County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb will respond with a counterpoint. "As your representative on the County Board, I have not yet taken a position with regard to this restructuring," Jursik said in a news release. "In order to take a position, I am holding a public meeting to both inform and to obtain your input. I look forward to hearing your questions and …
Friday, October 19, 2012
In a town hall meeting Thursday, Taylor also said he disagreed with the county executive's plan to shift patrol of county parks in Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Police Department.
County Supervisor Steve Taylor says he supports increases to county employees' health care costs, though he does not agree with a plan to shift patrols of county parks away from the sheriff's office. Taylor touched on a number of other topics at a sparsely-attended town-hall meeting in Oak Creek City Hall Thursday night, but the proposed county budget was the central focus. The county board is mulling County Executive Chris Abele's proposal and is scheduled to approve a budget in November. The proposal calls for health care costs to continue to shift toward employees and retirees to help make up for a $28.5 million budget shortfall. Under Abele's plan, $9.3 million of anticipated health care costs increases would be covered by moving $10.5…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Oak Creek's two county supervisors, Pat Jursik and Steve Taylor, had different takes on a proposal unveiled Wednesday for a new tower at the downtown Milwaukee lakefront.
The county supervisors representing Oak Creek offered contrasting statements Wednesday regarding a tower proposed for the downtown Milwaukee lakefront. The proposed high-rise would replace the Downtown Transit Center, 909 E. Michigan St., and feature 180 hotel rooms, 180 apartments, restaurants, retail space and parking, according to a BizTimes Milwaukee report. But negotiations between the county and the prospective developer can't move forward until authorized by the county board. And some supervisors, including Pat Jursik, say the proposal needs deeper vetting and more input from the public. Jursik chairs the county board's economic development committee, which will discuss the proposal and make a recommendation to the county board. "As…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Taylor was unanimously confirmed Thursday for appointment to the commission, which is a governing and policy-making body within the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.
County Supervisor Steve Taylor's appointment to the Commission on Aging was unanimously confirmed by the county board Thursday. "As an advocate for our community's older adults, I'm honored by this appointment," Taylor said in a news release. "Throughout my public service, I've worked passionately on behalf of our aging population, and I'm eager to help to ensure that Milwaukee County addresses the needs and concerns of this population that deserves our very best." The Commission on Aging is a governing and policy-making body within the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Commissioners are responsible for developing and implementing a system of community-based services for residents age 60 and older. Taylor's district encompasses Hales …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Newly-elected Steve Taylor talks about county issues, including Bender Park and the proposed I-794 extension, in his new monthly newsletter.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor, who represents most of Oak Creek on the county board, has posted his first newsletter on his website. Taylor said he will have newsletters out once a month to keep residents posted on county-related news in the district, which also encompasses Hales Corners and most of Franklin. In addition to dredging needed at Bender Park, this month's newsletter also has information on the proposed I-794 extension, a town-hall meeting with new board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and more. Click here to read the newsletter. County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who represents a portion of Oak Creek on the north and east ends of town, also has a monthly newsletter, which you can find here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
New County Supervisor Steve Taylor says he is using emails from his predecessor, Paul Cesarz, to reach out to residents of his district.