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Mayor Barrett Invites Residents to Virtually Join Preliminary 2021 Budget Hearing and Presentation

August 20, 2020

MILWAUKEE— Mayor Tom Barrett invites Milwaukee residents to join him, Budget Director Dennis Yaccarino and Finance & Personnel Committee Chairman Alderman Michael Murphy on Wednesday, August 26 from 5-7 p.m. for a hearing and presentation on the City of Milwaukee’s 2021 Budget. Participants will hear about the City’s finances and learn about the factors shaping the 2021 City budget.

“The City’s finances remain challenged by State laws restricting funding of local government to primarily property taxes,” said Mayor Barrett. “Funding the priorities of our residents, no matter what they are, requires a new revenue source like the proposed 1% local sales tax.”

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and increase accessibility, the hearing will be entirely virtual and closed captioning will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions about the City's 2021 Budget during the session. Those who wish to attend can register in advance here.

The hearing will also be broadcasted simultaneously on the City Channel’s cable and online feeds, as well as the City Channel YouTube stream.

Mayor Barrett also invites residents to respond to the City’s Budget Survey and use the Balancing Act Budget Simulation to share their insights on balancing the City’s budget. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Hmong. Both are available at


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